Tests & Results

Results of Tests and Investigations

Your latest blood tests and results of any investigations can be viewed online using the NHS App.

Please telephone after 3pm and our reception staff will help you with result enquiries.

Blood Tests

Our receptionists book appointments for blood tests on behalf of the phlebotomy service based at the Harpenden Memorial Hospital (the Red House).  You can also book at St Albans Hospital. Patients must have a form issued by a doctor to access this service.

There are a number of different blood tests available to GPs, and each test has its own turnaround time for processing. In general results take between 3 - 7 days to be notified to the practice. Patients with the NHS App or Patient Access can access their results on line or request them via our online services. Receptionists can relay the GP comment- they are unable to give you the results or to translate the findings.

For patients who cannot access their results online, they can either collect in person from the practice or request that we email a copy to the registered address on their medical record.

X-ray and ultrasound results can take a while to get the results back so please allow for around 3 weeks. Please note DEXA scan results take even longer, around 4-6months. 

If you are asked to have a blood test at the Arndale House Blood Test Facility at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital then please click on this link to get further information.



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.