Tests and Results




Please help us by ensuring any specimens you are requested to provide are given in the correct container (available at reception) and are labelled and accompanied by a request form and placed in the appropriate sealed plastic envelope. Failure to do so will mean the laboratory cannot process your specimen. Leave specimens with the surgery by 10.15am.

Test results can be given out over the phone on 01273 588200, but please telephone between 2.00pm - 4.00pm Monday to Friday when the phone lines are less busy, and we have more time to discuss the results with you.

Results should be available within five working days. They will only be given to the patient concerned.

getting your test results


blood tests

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 website.

Urine Samples: Please give all urine samples to Reception before 11am. If any specimens are delivered after this time, the notification of your results will not be until the next working day.

Blood Tests: Please can patients drink plenty of water prior to your blood test (including fasting bloods).



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 a 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 website.


Where can I get an x-ray?

Walk in clinics are held between 9.30am and 12 noon and 14.30pm and 16.00pm Monday to Friday. They are also held at Victoria Hospital, Nevill Road, Lewes BN7 1PE between 14.00pm and 16.00pm Monday to Friday. Please remember to take your form with you.

X-rays are carried out by appointment at the Royal Sussex County Hospital. The x-ray department will phone you after receiving the request form from your doctor & arrange a convenient time.

Average waiting time is 2 weeks.