If your doctor has requested that you have a test they will make a plan with you about what to do next. If you have not been given a plan please ask for one to help you manage your problem effectively. You can view your results online yourself (link).
One of your clinical team or a patient navigator will contact you directly if the doctor has requested some further action following the results. The patient navigators have been trained to give out results but are unable to give you clinical advice, which is why it is important for you to make sure you understand why the doctor has asked for test and you have been given a plan.
It is still advised that you check your results yourself to ensure that nothing is missed. (link to online results)
Frequently asked questions regarding tests:
When will my results come back?
Most routine blood test will take 72hrs. Some specific blood tests will take longer.
Other tests will take:
|TEST||Time for Result|
|Chest xray||1 week|
|Ultrasound scan||1 week|
|Helicobacter stool test||1 week|
|Urine sample||1 week|
|Sputum sample||1 week|
|Stool sample||1 week|
|Skin scraping||Up to 3 months|
|Nail clippings||Up to 3 months|
|Vaginal swab test||Up to 2 weeks|
|Smear test||Up to 2 weeks|
|24 hour Blood Pressure monitor||3 days|
How can I get my test results?
You can get your test results by:
- Checking the results yourself online
- Calling the practice after 11.00am
- Post – please supply a stamped self addressed envelope and allow for postal delays
Why have I been asked to have a repeat test?
If a doctor asks you to have a repeat test it is usually because:
- The result was borderline or equivocal – so the doctor wants another sample to monitor the situation or to re-check
- The result is abnormal – and the doctor is unable to interpret the result without further tests so has asked you to come in for more test.
Please do not worry if the doctor has asked you for a repeat test, if there is a serious problem then the Doctor will speak or request to see you directly.