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Tests & Results

Please call after 14:00 for results if at all possible - our Reception staff will have more time to deal with your request. If your results give significant cause for concern the GP will contact you directly.

bloodBlood 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. 

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices Website

Children's Blood Tests

For children up to the age of 16 blood tests are administered at the Day Assessment Unit (DAU) at Salisbury District Hospital.

Be sure to take your blood form and any information given by your GP to the unit.

Fasting Blood Tests

If you require a fasting blood test, please tell the Receptionists who will try and find an appointment as early in the morning as possible.  For a fasting blood test, please eat or drink nothing for 12 hours prior to the test, although water is permitted.

Other Tests

You may be sent to the hospital for other tests.

Further information on other medical tests can be found by visiting the NHS Choices website.

Test Results

Please call after 14:00 to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request then. Please remember that if your results are a cause for concern, your GP will contact you directly. The receptionists will give you information about your results as advised by your doctor.

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.

When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.

Blood Test Results

Often take three to four days, although some do take longer. Be assured that if your results are unexpected, a member of the clinical team will contact you directly.

X-Rays and Scans

Can take at least a week. Again, we will contact you directly if these results need further discussion.


Must be brought in before 12:00 noon.

Please allow plenty of time for results to be returned, viewed and assessed by the GPs, before ringing for these.

It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.

Please note that the Triage Doctor is not available to discuss non-urgent test results.

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