Test Results and Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

As a general rule, we do not ask patients to call us back for results.

All test results are reviewed by a doctor, and if any action is required, we will contact you. If we do not contact you, you may assume that the results are satisfactory. “No news is good news”

If you have been asked to call back for results, please call reception after 4pm. Most results will take at least 2 working days and many will take longer.

General Information about Test Results

Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the Doctor’s instructions so may not be able to give you a result. This does not necessarily mean that there is a problem but simply that the Doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the whole situation.

Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with doctor.

The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are not normally sent to the practice.


Results for patients over 16 years of age can only be given to the patient.

Test Times

Below is a rough guide to how long results can take to come through.

Type of TestUsual Time for Results
X-RayUp to 2 weeks
Smear2 weeks
Blood tests2 to 7 days, depending on the test
UrineWithin 7 days

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens should be handed in as early in the day as possible. Ideally this should be before midday. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.