Getting the results of a test organised by the practice
The majority of test results are texted to you.
If a test result shows something worrying we will contact you. Please make sure we have your correct contact details.
If a test result is going to e discussed at an appointment you have booked we usually wait to see you face to face.
If you have had tests as part of your Birthday MOT, we will tell you about them, and put them in a letter for you.
Often the doctors are able to discuss test results with you over the phone and give you an idea of further care. You do not always have to make an appointment to talk about test results, though we would be happy to see you face to face if you would prefer this.
If a test is organised by a consultant or at the hospital
We do not automatically receive copies of all the tests you have had taken, and it is usual that tests arranged by a consultant go back to them. This is important in all branches of medicine as it means the right person only, makes the decisions on any action from these tests.
Length of time before test results come back
Some test take longer to return to the practice than other. This is a rough guide on how long tests take to come back.
- Blood tests 2-5 days
- X-rays 10-14 days
- Ultrasound scans 2 weeks
- Heart scans 3 weeks
- ECGs (heart traces) 2 days (if done in the practice)
- Urine samples for infection 3-5 days
- Swabs for infections 3-5 days
- Nail clippings for infection 2-3 weeks
- Urine samples for pregnancy 2-3 days
- Smear results 4-8 weeks (the NHS always writes to you about these results)