How to Obtain Test Results
If you have a test (such as blood or urine tests, smears, or X-rays), you must contact the practice for the results.
How Long Should I Wait?
- Blood and urine tests (excluding pregnancy tests): Please phone after 1 week. If the result needs urgent action, the doctor will usually act upon it sooner. However you should always phone for results – don’t rely on us to get in touch.
- Pregnancy tests: These are not done routinely, as home testing kits are available from pharmacies. If a test is carried out at the practice the results are usually available on the next working day.
- X-rays: If your x-ray is ordered by your GP, you may be told to contact the practice for the result. These are usually available 2 – 3 weeks after your x-ray. Please ask to discuss with the GP who ordered the x-ray and the receptionist will try to make a phone consultation for you when that GP is available.
- Smear tests: Results of smear tests are usually available after 3 – 4 weeks. A letter with the results will be posted to you, but please contact us if you have not received this after 8 weeks.
Obtaining Test Results
Admin staff or the doctor who ordered your test can give most results over the phone or in person. Results can only be given to the patient themselves.
What Does it Mean?
Administration staff are unable to interpret results and usually they can only say whether results are ‘normal’ or whether you need to make an appointment to discuss it further with a doctor. Sometimes, the doctor will have issued and left a prescription, e.g. if test results show an infection.
If you have any further questions, please ask to speak to the nurse or doctor who originally requested the test.