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Tests and examinations are used by doctors and consultants to collect further information and assist them to identify an illness or condition (reach a diagnosis).
Some common diagnostic tests that you may be asked to have are:
You should first visit your GP who may be able to carry out some tests in the surgery (such as blood or urine tests) or will refer you to a specialist. Your dentist is also able to refer you to a specialist for tests. If your test is carried out in the surgery, the blood or urine sample will be sent to a laboratory to be examined.
You may be advised not to eat or drink anything for a number of hours before your test. It is a good idea to check this with the receptionist when you confirm your appointment.^^ Back to top
The results of your test will be sent to your GP. The results may take a few days or weeks to come in and some test results will take longer than others. You should phone the surgery a week after the test to see if your results have arrived.
Your surgery may also phone you to tell you when your test results have arrived. This will be arranged with you at the time of the test.^^ Back to top
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