Getting the results of a test organised by the practice
- All results are checked by the doctors. A comment is then made on your notes.
- Please ring in the afternoon (when our phone lines are quietest) and the receptionist will read the doctor’s comment about your test to you.
- It is YOUR responsibility to ring us to check the results of your test, as follow up may be needed.
- You will only be contacted by us if your results require an urgent action.
- Please ensure we have correct contact details for you (especially a mobile telephone number) in case we do need to contact you.
- If you want/need to discuss a test result with a GP, the reception can request a call back from the doctor who arranged the tests. This may not be the same working day.
- If you prefer a face to face appointment that is fine, but please ensure the result is back before booking.
Length of time before test results come back
Some tests take longer to return to the practice than others Please allow the following time to ensure all of your results are likely to be back:
- ECGs (heart traces) 1 week
- Urine samples for infection 1 week
- Swabs for infections 1 week
- Nail clippings for fungal infection 8 weeks
- Smear results 8 weeks (the Cervical Smear Screening team will write directly to you about these results)
Getting the results of tests organised by the hospital
Sometimes patients have investigations that have been arranged by hospital consultants. The results from these tests do not automatically get forwarded onto GPs.
If you want to know the result of a test you have had under the care of a consultant you can phone the hospital and ask to speak to your consultant's secretary.
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.
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.