How to find out about results
A doctor or another member of surgery staff may contact you about a particular result, but it is important that you also check on any other tests you had done at the same time.
If you have any tests ordered by the surgery, you should enquire about the result as a matter of routine after an appropriate length of time. Please do enquire at your next appointment.
Tests done via the surgery:
Blood test, swab test, X-ray request
If a doctor or nurse requests a blood test, an X-ray, or a swab test, the results will be sent back to the surgery within a matter of days from the sample being taken.
These take longer for us to receive results. Please allow 2 - 3 weeks before asking for the results.
Cervical smear (cervical cytology test)
These results take about 6 - 8 weeks to come to us. The results are sent to you at the same time.
Tests ordered by other people
Any test ordered by the hospital or specialist will have results sent back to them, and not to the surgery. They should tell you at the time of testing what you will need to do. If they do not automatically tell you, you should ask them what you need to do.
Phoning the surgery for results
Please phone for results after 11.00, or at any time in the afternoon. The receptionist who takes your call will be able to give you the results and any comments written by the clinicians. If you then require further advice you will need to make an appointment with a clinician. Receptionists are trained to manage these queries, but they cannot answer medical questions.
If you would like to be able to see your results on-line then you may register for access to your medical records. Do discuss this option with your clinician if you are having regular tests.
Copies of Results:
It is a significant extra workload for our administration team to provide copies of test results for patients, and we wlil only do this in exceptional circumstances.