Gnosall Health Centre, Brookhouse Road, Gnosall, Stafford, ST20 0GP

    Telephone: 01785 822 220
    Out of hours: 111

    Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

    Test Results

    Please call 01785 828 916 between 2pm and 3.30pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times.

    When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.

    It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.

    Confidentiality and Data Protection

    The practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

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    Test Times

    Below is an approximate guide to how long results can take to come through.

    Type of Test

    Usual Time for Results


    Up to 2 weeks


    2 weeks

    Blood tests

    2 - 7 days, depending on the test


    Within 7 days

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    Blood Tests

    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
    • 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. 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 often 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 in our Health A-Z.

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    An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia in the lungs.

    If you have an X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.

    An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.

    You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks in our Health A-Z.

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    Laboratory Specimens

    Specimens such as urine and stool samples that are collected at home should be handed in as early in the day as possible. This is because the samples are picked from the surgery for delivery to the hospital at around 12 O' Clock, and it may not be appropriate to store some of them overnight. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.