Tests and Results
When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results.
This could be an Ultrasound or an X-ray that you had at the hospital or blood tests. If you have a mobile number we will contact you with the results by a text message.
If we have no mobile number and your results are normal you will not be contacted, if they are abnormal we will contact you by phone or in writing.
Alternatively you could register for our online services and check your results online.
We have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection.
In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.
Lab Test Online-UK
Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practising laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease. It is produced by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine in collaboration with the Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science. Lab Tests Online-UK was established in 2003 with the aid of a grant from the Health Foundation and was financially supported by the Department of Health. It is currently funded by the Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, the Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science.
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 child’s hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can have your blood test at the Community Stadium between 8:00-17:00 Monday—Friday or you can go to York Hospital between 8:00-17:00 Monday—Friday.
You can also have your blood taken across any of our sites.
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 a X-ray, you will be asked to lay 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.