Tests & Results
Results of Tests and Investigations
Tel (01539) 722660 between 14:00 - 18:30
Please phone after 14:00 Monday to Friday for your results. The reception staff can only tell you the results after they have been checked by a doctor and so you may be asked to telephone back if the results have not been reviewed by the doctor.
To maintain confidentiality, results will only be given to the patients themselves, or their carers if this is appropriate.
Test results can also be accessed online by patients who are registered for online records access or via the NHS App.
Any requested samples should be handed in to reception before 13:30 Monday to Friday, so that we can ensure that they arrive at the lab in time.
If your sample bottle has not already had an electronic label attached, please label correctly your
- Date of birth
- Date of specimen
- Your doctors name
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 NHS Choices website.
Secondary Care Blood Tests
If you have had a request from a Clinician who works in Secondary Care (eg the Hospital) for a blood test, in most cases you will need to arrange to have these bloods done through the Secondary Care Bloods Service.
Secondary Care includes Hospital Clinicians, Consultants, Specialists etc.
This can be arranged by phoning 01539 715700. The service has various sites available for you to book including Westmorland General Hospital.
There are some exceptions to this:
High Risk Blood Monitoring. If we prescribe your high risk medication, it is our responsibility to monitor your bloods.
The request has come from outside Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. The Secondary Care Bloods Service haven’t the ability to forward results onto the requesting clinician from outside Morecambe Bay NHS Trust. This means we will continue to do any blood monitoring here and forward the results back to the requesting clinician. However, if the requests are from a specialist out of area and are in relation to oncology then you would usually have a local consultant who can make any requests for bloods and will then receive the results directly, meaning you should book through the Secondary Care Bloods Service.
Substance Misuse Bloods, these may be requested by a service out of Morecambe Bay NHS Trust.
Scans Some contrast scans require Renal Bloods to be taken in advance, these can be done at Station House Surgery.
If any of these exceptions apply to you then please mention this to our Reception Team and they will book you an appropriate appointment.
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.