Tests & Results



As a result of the pandemic, there is now a worldwide (global) shortage of blood test bottles. These are the tiny bottles that are used for ALL patient blood tests. Every single Hospital, GP Surgery and outpatient clinic is affected by this. 

We have been told by NHS England that we must reduce our blood tests by at least 66%. 

We must do this to make sure that the sickest patients and those who are being investigated for possible life-threatening illness can be tested appropriately.  

Sadly this means that we have to postpone non-urgent blood tests. 

We are so sorry. We appreciate how frustrating this is for you, having been so patient during the pandemic.  

Our GPs are reviewing all our blood tests, to determine which can safely be delayed. If you are affected, your name will be put onto a waiting list so that we can rearrange your blood test when this crisis resolves. 

We are all incredibly sad that we have to take this step. Thank you for your support for the NHS and our Surgery. Every bit of positive feedback we receive is heard and appreciated. We are here for you, and we will continue to be here for you. 

Updated 24th August 2021

Blood Tests

We offer pre-booked phlebotomy clinics at each site Monday-Friday, please contact your Reception team to make an appointment.


Lymington Hospital also offer pre-booked phlebotomy clinics Monday-Friday, please call 02381 204877 to make an appointment.


If you are having a Fasting Blood Test you must not eat or drink (except water) for 12 hours for the test to be effective. You may take any medications as usual, unless advised by your doctor.


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

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Please call your surgery after 14:00 to enquire about your test results - our staff will have more time to deal with your request in the afternoon. If the staff are unavailable (on another call for instance) you will be asked to leave a message and we will call back as soon as possible.

Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice and viewed by your doctor; this is usually 5 days. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so.


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.