Results of tests can only be given to the named patient or guardian if the patient is a child.
- Blood test results are usually received within 1-2 days, although some specific tests are sent to other processing labs and can take longer (for example vitamin D, which usually takes around 2 weeks).
- Urine/swab tests are usually back at the practice after one week or 10 days in some cases.
- Results of ultrasound/CT/MRI scans are usually received after about 2 weeks; however, delays in reporting are not uncommon, so if in doubt you can check with a receptionist as to the wait you should expect.
You may telephone and obtain your test results after 10:30 (we ask as a matter of courtesy, as prior to this our lines will be busy with urgent appointment requests). If the doctor thinks you need to make an appointment following a blood test then a member of the reception team will telephone you. Please ensure that we have your up-to-date telephone contact number and address.
Our reception staff will convey the message that the doctor needs to see you. Usually this will be a normal, routine appointment and will not be urgent (the GP will state in their message to reception if the appointment is urgent; if they have not said it is urgent then you do not need to worry.).
In some cases, urgent results will be communicated back to you directly by your doctor.
Please do not ask the reception staff for information about your test result. They are not clinically trained and may inadvertently cause you undue worry. It is best for you to speak to or see your doctor (or the practice nurse if you are doing a blood test for the treatment room).