Results Of Tests And Investigations
The best way to check test results is online via Patient Access. We will contact you by telephone, or by letter, only if a result is abnormal and you require treatment or further investigations. You will not be contacted if your result is normal.
If you wish to enquire about the results of your tests please telephone at the end of surgery sessions. The administrative staff will give results to you or you may be asked to book a call with one of our clincians.
Results for patients over 16 years old will not be given to anyone other than the patient, except in exceptional circumstances.
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
- Check how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
- Monitor levels of certain medicines
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 for any children under 12 are done at the phlebotomy lab at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. The childs hand will need to be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken. If your child is due a blood test, please request a prescription for a cream stating exactly why it is needed.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
Childrens Blood Clinic
WHEN: Thursdays 2 to 4pm (by appointment only)
WHERE: Childrens outpatients department at Stoke Mandeville Hospital
TO BOOK: Call 01296 316 426 and state the childs name, date of birth, NHS number, tests required and the name of the requesting doctor
The child should have numbing cream applied on 1 hour before the appointment.