Tests & Results

Blood Tests

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 childs 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 at NHS A-Z.

Phlebotomy Clinics (blood tests)

Phlebotomy is done in-house through the week.

To book your appointment please contact the practice on the 0151 691 1112 or submit a PATCHS request.

Results of Tests and Investigations

Most results of blood tests, urine or other tests or X-rays, ultrasound and other scans are ready about 7 days after they have been taken. 

Results return to the surgery and the doctors look at each one to report on them and decide on any further action to be taken.

We ask patients to contact the surgery a week after your test has been done to find out your results. If you are ringing the surgery for your results, please do so after 14:00 (0151 691 1112) as the phones are less busy then and this allows ill people chance to get through to make an appointment.

Results can also be found using the NHS log in.


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 or breast cancer.

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 by visiting the NHS Choices website.

Anti-coagulation clinics

We are now pleased to be able to offer our anti-coagulation patients in-house testing that will involve a short appointment with our health care assisstant where he will perform a quick finger prick sample. The results are available immediately and in most cases you will leave the surgery with a plan for your warfarin doses.

In some circumstances, for example if your INR is very high or low, we will need to ask a doctor to review the plan for the doses and you will receive a call from the practice later in the day to confirm this.