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:
- Help with a diagnosis
- Assess your general state of health
- Confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infarction
- See how well certain organs, such as the liver or kidneys, are functioning
- Check your cholesterol level
- Monitor your current treatment/medication
The sample of blood is taken by a trained member of staff in the practice and is sent to laboratory to be tested.
What do your results mean?
This question cannot be answered in general terms because your blood test results are specific to you. Your GP needs to interpret the result and these will only make sense when taking into account your personal medical history. Factors affecting your results could include:
- Your age, sex and lifestyle
- When the test was carried out, i.e. morning or afternoon
- Whether you are stressed or anxious
- Whether you are pregnant
- How much physical activity you do
Receiving your result
If your result is normal
You will not normally be contacted with your result by the practice. It is very important however that you are aware of the results of tests to ensure they have been received and acted upon if necessary. If you are not contacted, it is your responsibility to contact the practice to obtain your result.
If your result is abnormal
If your results are abnormal you will be advised by the practice when you contact us an appointment with one of the GP’s to discuss the result. Please note we will not contact you unless it is critical we do so. An abnormality can be caused by various conditions and your test may need to be repeated, the reasons could include:
- A slight change from previous tests which may need to be monitored
- There is a question of the reliability of the result
- Further investigation into a probable cause
- The test has been spoilt, i.e. leaked in transit