General Information about Test Results
It normally takes up to two weeks for the results of blood tests but most results are ready in 3 working days. This includes urine tests, x-rays examinations and other investigations to become available. Some tests can take even longer to process (i.e. cervical smears), however the Practice Nurses will be able to advise you about this.
In the majority of cases the results will be within Normal or expected limits and in these circumstances your Doctor may ask the Receptionist to inform you that the result in normal when you enquire. Should the Doctor need to see you the Receptionist will book an appointment in accordance with the Doctors instructions. Usually the first available routine appointment is offered but in cases of urgency a same day or next day appointment is arranged. For a variety of reasons a test may need to be repeated or medication may be prescribed and often the Practice Nurse will speak to you about this.
For confidentiality reasons the Receptionists can only give results to the patient in question.