Test Results

Please telephone 01773 880099 for results of any tests you have had. We request that you try and ring between 13:00 and 18:00 Monday to Friday when the telephone lines are not so busy and the reception staff have more time to find your results.

Please allow 5 working days for blood tests and 10 working days for X-ray results. You must also allow at least 10 – 14 working days for letters coming directly from the hospital.

Please note that we do 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.

Please note that our receptionists are not clinical staff and are not able to interpret the blood results. They can only tell you the information as filed on the medical record. If you require further information regarding your results, please make a telephone appointment with the Doctor who requested the test.

If you have to cancel or re-arrange a hospital appointment please contact the hospital directly and not the practice secretaries.

If you have an enquiry relating to your hospital appointment please also contact the hospital directly for this.

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

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.

Blood Test Service

Are provided at the following locations:

Babington Clinic Monday to Friday 8.15am to 11.30am
Ripley Hospital Monday to Friday 7.30am to 12.15pm
Heanor Hospital Monday to Friday 7.30am to 12.15pm
London Road Community Hospital, Derby

Monday to Friday

7.30am to 4.15pm

Please ensure that children under 12 years of age visit the paediatric facility at the Childrens Hospital (Appointment required)


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.