Some test results are back within a day or two but the majority of results for tests that are performed in the surgery are usually available in the Practice a week after the test, although some specialised tests do take longer.
The doctor or nurse will advise you on the length of time your specific test will approximately take and suggest when you should contact the surgery to see if the results are back. Sometimes results can take longer than anticipated so please remember it isn't the receptionists fault, should she advise you that the results are not yet back.
Average times for test results to be returned:
- Blood tests 4-10 days depending on the test
- Swabs 10 to 14 days
- Urine tests 7 to 10 days
- X-rays 14 days
It would be helpful to us and also to you (to avoid busy telephone periods) if you could telephone for your results after 11:30, when the surgery telephones are usually a little quieter.
If the doctor wishes to see you to offer you further treatment, you will be contacted and asked to make an appointment or to collect a prescription.