Tests & Results

Results Of Tests And Investigations

Hospital correspondence is usually received late morning. To allow your doctor time to check this, please telephone or call at reception after 11am. If your test is abnormal the surgery will contact you, but please be patient as some results take longer to come back. Most results take up to seven days to be returned and your doctor will inform you if this is likely to be longer.

Please note: test results organised by the hospital specialist generally are not sent directly back to the surgery.

Phlebotomy Clinic

Blood tests can be done at the Practice for over 11 year olds (please advise if your child is aged 11 – 16). Please telephone after 11.00am to make an appointment on 01727 832125.
The main Blood Test Clinics are held at all West Herts Hospitals in St Albans, Hemel Hempstead and Watford. Details of opening times are as follows:
  • Hemel Hempstead, 08:30-16:30
  • St Albans, 08:30-16:00
  • Watford Walk-in, 07:30-16:00
Please not only children aged 5 and above can attend blood clinic at the times below:
  • Hemel Hempstead by appointment, 01442 287803, Monday to Thursday between 13:30-15:30
  • St Albans by appointment, 01727 897375 / 897375, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday between 14:00-15:00
  • Watford has a walk-in service: 07:30-14:00
For all children under 5 (and 6 to 12 yrs):
Watford by appointment at Children's OPD between 09:00-14:00/ Call Safari Ward to arrange - 01923 436694


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.