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Access Your Test Results

Test results take varying times to come back to the surgery, depending upon the type of test. Blood tests typically take 2-3 days to get a result, x-rays typically take a week and scans can take longer. Please allow at least a week before your result is received and reviewed by the practice.

You can view your test results online – via the NHS App

We will contact you if your result is abnormal or requires action. You can call the surgery after 2pm to follow up a test our receptionists will be able to inform you if your result is normal, or if further action is needed.

Results of cervical smears will be sent to patients by post, within 3 weeks, however, if contacting the surgery please allow 10-12 weeks.

If the test was arranged by your hospital consultant
If your test has been carried out at a Clinic or Hospital please call the Clinic or Hospital for the result, as we cannot action tests which have been requested by other Clinicians outwith the practice. If the consultant’s secretary or colleague inform you they will send the results to your GP, explain that you want the results from the specialist who arranged them who is in by far the best place to give appropriate advice.

Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. You will be asked for some personal details when calling, this is to confirm your identity. The receptionist has the right to refuse the release of medical information if he/she feels that it does not pertain to the person calling. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.

Our Reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the Doctor.

Information about your laboratory tests

For information on what your laboratory test results mean please visit Lab Tests Online.

Specimens

All specimens must be provided in a suitable container and marked clearly with name, date of birth, date provided and reason for the specimen.

Failure to do so may mean that the test will need to be repeated – Please note that when bringing in a sample to the surgery, only samples in the correct container can be accepted. These are available from reception.