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Test Results

Test results are normally received from the laboratory by 13:00 and need to be checked by the doctor. Test results are given out between 14:30 and 16:00.

Results will not be given to a third party. This does not apply when the patient is a child or is physically unable to telephone.

An approximate time of how long the results take is:

  • Blood /Cholesterol/Urine tests - 7 days
  • Sputum - 1 week
  • Swabs/Stool/Fungal Infections - 2 weeks
  • X-rays and Ultrasounds - 2 - 3 weeks
  • Histology - 3 weeks
  • Smears - within 6 weeks


All specimens requested by the doctor should be handed into Reception Monday to Friday before 11:00.

Opening Times for Ashford Hospital Tests

  • Blood test between 08:30 and 16:45 Monday - Friday.
  • X-ray Scans are done between 09:00 and 16:00 Monday - Friday.
  • Ultrasound scans are by appointment only.


This is only available to patients who are incapacitated or who have a medical need for transport. We can only arrange transport for the first outpatient appointment, and then only if it is clinically necessary. Subsequent hospital transport must be arranged at the outpatient transport desk before you leave the hospital and cannot be arranged by the surgery. Should you fail to do this it is not the responsibility or authorisation of the Practice to arrange any further transport procedures.

Blood Tests

blood_tests_4A 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 find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.


doctor examining an x-rayAn 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 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.

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