Did you know, you can access your test results via the NHS App and Patient Access? You have access to this service 24/7 and means you can take your results to appointments with other clinicians eg. hospital appointments. 
If you cannot see your test results on the app, please email the surgery so we can enable this for you. 

If you prefer to call the surgery to obtain your test results, please call after 12pm to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request after this time.

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. Generally, routine tests can take 48 hours to come back. Samples for infections take up to a week. Some specialist tests can take longer to come back to the surgery. 

To view your test results 24/7, log into your NHS App / Patient Access Account


Need help understanding your results?

If you have the NHS App or Patient Access, you will be able to view your recent results when they arrive back at the surgery. But it can be difficult to understand what tests have been done, why they have been performed and what the results mean. 

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.


Blood 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

Blood tests at Moatfield surgery are done in the Morning so that they can be sent off with our scheduled collection at midday to be tested. Samples that miss our collection may not be able to be tested as the blood may start clotting.  

 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

Routine tests results can take 48 hours to come back. Samples for infection can take up to a week. Some specialist tests can be longer.


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 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.

X-Rays are not booked at the surgery as we do not have the facilities to perform them. If our clinician has requested an X-Ray, they will send you details on how to book. X-Rays are often booked with the Queen Victoria Hospial; to book your X-Ray please call on 01342 414249



Updated 27/11/2023