Laboratory Tests

Your clinician may ask you to provide a sample for a laboratory test.  This could be in the form of a blood test, in which case you will need to book an appointment with one of our phlebotomists to have your blood taken.  See the Phlebotomy Clinics section for more information.  Depending on the test required, you may be asked to fast for a period of time before your blood is taken.

Alternatively, you may be asked to produce a urine or stool sample.  Your clinician will provide you with a form and a container for your sample.  If you are bringing in a sample from home, please hand this in at the reception desk, ideally before 10am.

Most tests take approximately four to five days, but some can take longer.  It is advisable to ask your clinician during your appointment when to expect the results.  Otherwise you should ask at the reception desk.

In most cases, you will need to call us to obtain your results.  Please telephone your usual surgery between 2pm and 5pm on weekdays and select the Results option.

If we are worried about a result we will try to contact you, so please make sure we have your up to date home and mobile telephone numbers.