Please call between 11:00 and 15:30 to enquire about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times. The doctor will have usually written a note on your records telling the receptionist what to say. If you wish to clarify anything after the receptionist has conveyed this message then a telephone or face to face consultation with a doctor or nurse can be arranged.
Blood results usually come back to us within 48 hours. Infection results- urine or swabs or other samples- usually take five days. Simple x-ray tests can take two weeks for us to get a report back, MRI and CT scans can take three weeks.
We may sometimes contact you again to ask for a test to be repeated. This does not mean that anything is necessarily wrong but that sometimes there can be difficulties in processing a sample in the laboratory and we need to do it again.
Smear results are posted to you directly unless you have stated you do not wish this to happen.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if your are advised to do so.