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Access Your Test Results

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and call the Surgery, once sufficient time has elapsed.

How to obtain your results

Your blood test results should be received by your GP within 10-14 days.

If you have been advised the tests are part of your annual long-term chronic health condition review, please arrange your face to face long-term condition review with reception for between 7-14 days after this blood test. Your results will be discussed with you at this important annual health check and medication review.

If any of your results are ‘abnormal’ a further action needs to be taken, your GP will contact you by letter to your home address. Sometimes your GP may need to contact you urgently and this would be by phone call. Please ensure we have your up to date contact details – please discuss with reception.

Results are now also available to access yourself online. You can register with reception to obtain online access to your medical records. Results will be filed in your records usually within 14 days. The GP will write a note/action with the result e.g. – normal – no action required, abnormal – contact patient. If any concerns on this contact reception directly and they will be able to advise you.

If you are unable to access your results online or you find you’re unsure regarding the next step, you can contact reception after 11am, Monday – Friday for advice. They can arrange telephone consultation with your GP if necessary to discuss results.

On occasions your GP may have requested they wish to see you following your tests to discuss and plan future care or investigations, if this is the case please arrange a routine follow up appointment 14 days after your tests.

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. We hope that our patients find our high standards of confidentiality satisfactory with regard to releasing this type of information.

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. If you would like to discuss your results, you can submit a eConsultation or book a telephone appointment with a doctor through patient access. You can also view your results online.

Log into Patient Access Here

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. 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.

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.