Sometimes your doctor needs to take a sample of blood or urine either to discover what is wrong with you or to measure something in your blood so that the right medication is given to you. These tests could be anything from blood sugar to a full blood count or a sample of tissue to test for cancer.
While urine can generally be tested in the surgery, blood and other specimens are usually sent away for testing at a laboratory. Most results come back within 48 hours unless a very rare test is needed which has to go to a specialist lab further away when it might take a little longer.
Non-publicly funded blood tests (e.g. immigration, insurance, work blood tests) can be collected on site at our clinics. Normal results are not routinely phoned through to patients, unless by special arrangement with the doctor at the time of ordering the test, but patients are welcome to phone in and speak with the nurse if they want a result.