Test Results

If your doctor has requested that you have some 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.

Please remember reception staff are unable to discuss results with you as they are not medically qualified.

 

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 x-ray 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

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.