Doctors, nurses or midwives ordering blood tests or other investigations/tests will discuss with you how to get the results. If you do need to telephone the practice for results, please do so after 2.00 pm this may action your request quicker as we are less busy at this time.
Normal time period for when test results are available
- Most blood test results are available within 7 days.
- Urine and pregnancy tests within a week.
- Smear tests take up to one month and are sent to you by post.
Before you leave the surgery you should expect to have a clear understanding of when and how any test results will be made known to you. We would attempt to contact you about seriously abnormal results, but you should always check with us on the result of a test.
As reception staff do not have the medical knowledge to advise on the clinical detail of the blood test results, they will only confirm that the result has been received & reviewed by a GP, or not, and if so that the test is normal or if any further action is required. If you would like further discussion or interpretation of the results then please refer to your doctor.
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, or the patient is under 16 year of age.
If your test was taken at a hospital appointment then the consultant or a member of their staff will be responsible for discussing the results with you.