If you have had a blood test, it will normally take 7 days for the Practice to receive the results. Once the results are received, a GP will look at and analyse the results within 24 hours of receipt.
Unfortunately, due to the high number of blood tests we analyse, we are not able to contact all patients who have had a normal result. But it is important that patients do not assume that if we have not contacted you then the results are normal. Please contact us 1 week after you blood test to ensure that your results are normal and that the GP has not indicated any further action.
If the results are abnormal or need to be repeated, the GP will ask a receptionist to contact you to book either a telephone or face to face consultation to discuss the result. Please note that the receptionist will not be able to analyse the result or explain the exact abnormality. They are administrative staff and will only be able to relay the message sent by the GP.
If your results is severely abnormal, the GP will contact you him/herself as soon as possible.
Ladies who have had a smear test should receive their results by letter either from the National Cervical Screening Department. This will tell you the result and any follow-up arrangements. If you have not heard after eight weeks please ring reception and we will chase the result.
If you have had an abnormal result, you will be automatically referred by the Cytopathology Laboratory to the Colposcopy Department. If you have had an abnormal result but have not received an appointment with Colposcopy, please contact the Practice and we will ensure that you are referred accordingly.
If you have had an Inadequate Result (meaning that the test was inconclusive) or your smear sample was discarded, we will contact you to arrange a repeat test. Please note that your repeat smear test must be at least 3 months after your original smear in order to give time for the cells in the cervix to recover.
For more information about Smear results and further actions, please click here.
Other investigations, e.g. X-rays, Ultrasound scans, stool tests, are normally received within 2 weeks of the test. Once the result is sent to the Practice, a GP will look at and analyse the results.
If the GP feels that your results need to be discussed further, a message will be sent to a receptionist to book you in for a face to face or telephone consultation. Please note that the receptionist will not be able to analyse the result or explain the exact abnormality. They are administrative staff and will only be able to relay the message sent by the GP.
If the results are severely abnormal, the GP will call you him/herself as soon as possible to arrange further management.
If you have not heard from the practice within 2 weeks of your test, please contact the Practice to ensure that your result has come back as normal. It may be possible that we did not receive the result from the hospital at all and so we may need to chase this up.