Test Results

Results Of Tests & Investigations

The time to ring for results is after 2.30pm.

The results from medical tests are processed as follows:

  • Blood & Urine Tests - 5 working days
  • Cervical Smears - 2 weeks
  • X-rays - 2 weeks

Patients should ring for any results; please allow at least five working days for the results to be returned to the surgery - subject to the time estimates above - and for the doctor to see the results and to comment on them.

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 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.


Blood Tests Facilities

You require a blood test as part of your healthcare.  

Harrogate Hospital

Please attend in the OPD Blood Test room from 08:30am to 16:50pm Monday to Friday—Tuesday from 7:30am. Closed—weekends and public holidays. Note that this service is less busy in the afternoons.

 Sainsbury’s—Wetherby Road, Harrogate

Please attend the Pharmacy Department from 7:30am to 11:00am Monday to Friday. Phlebotomists from Harrogate Hospital are taking the blood samples.

It is essential that you take your blood request form—provided by your GP—with you.


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.