Test Results 

Test results can take up to 7-10 days to come back from the Laboratory. Since our telephone lines are busy in the Morning we ask you to telephone after 2.00pm for any enquiries regarding e.g. smear or blood, xray etc. 

To ensure confidentiality we only release results to the patient, unless alternative arrangements agreed in writtng.  You can see your results online if you request access to SystmOnline. Please get in touch with us to request access to this. 

Frequently asked questions regarding tests:

When will my results come back?

Most routine blood test will take 72hrs. The following Blood tests will take longer:

  • Diabetes blood test (Hba1c) – 1 week
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis blood test – 1 week
  • Coeliac blood test (endomyssial antibody) – 2 weeks
  • Vitamin D blood test – 3 weeks

Other tests will take:

TEST Time for Result
Chest xray 10 days
Ultrasound scan 10 days
Helicobacter breath 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 week
Smear test Up to 2 weeks
24 hour Blood Pressure monitor 3 days
Home Blood pressure 3 days

How can I get my Test Results?

You can get your test results by having access to Systm online or the NHS App with health records access you can view any test results

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 equivacal – 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 testing.

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 to or request to see you directly.