Tests and Results
Our test results service is available between 1pm and 3pm – you can phone 0208 102 0488 and choose the results option or call in person. Please allow 5 working days from your test before you call the service.
In the event of the results showing that urgent action needs to be taken, for example if medication needed to be issued, we would contact you.
The results of cervical smears are sent out by post from the testing agency.
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.