• Telephone:
    01204 550100
  • Fax:
    01204 550101
  • Out of Hours: (BARDOC)
    0161 7638940

Phlebotomy services are available on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. All the samples are collected from the surgery at 14:00 each day for the analysis at the hospital.

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please call in or telephone reception who will be able to tell you whether the result is normal or whether you need to come and see your doctor for further treatment or investigation.

For the test results please allow 48 hours and then contact the surgery after 2:00pm as the telephone lines are busiest in the mornings.

Cervical Smears

Please book an appointment for the Cervical Smears with the practice nurse.
The Health Authority will write to you with the result.  If you do not receive the result within the expected time limit, please check with your receptionist to ensure that the sample has not gone astray.

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.

NHS Cervical Screening Programme – Designed to ensure that women are told what screening can and cannot achieve, the leaflet includes an explanation about false positive and false negative results, and addresses the need to inform patients about the use made of personal information for audit, as set out in the General Medical Council guidance on confidentiality.

Beehive Surgery Bolton NHS Cervical Screening Info Leaflet here

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.

All the samples are collected from the surgery at 14:00 each day for the analysis at the hospital. For the test results please allow 48 hours and then contact the surgery after 2:00pm.

You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.


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.