All test results are seen by the doctors when they return from the hospital. For very urgent abnormalities you will be contacted. For your own peace of mind it is best to contact the surgery to receive your test results. If you have not been told a time to return to see the doctor for the results, please telephone after 11:00. Please note it can take 3 to 5 days for results to come back from the hospital. We may ask you to confirm your address and date of birth for security reasons.
Samples are taken from the surgery to the hospital at 13:00. Most blood samples do not keep overnight and so you will be asked to make a morning appointment with the practice nurse for them to be taken. Some blood tests e.g. cholesterol and sugar, need to be taken when you have starved for a period of 12 hours. It is usually best to have nothing to eat or drink from 21:00 the night before the blood test, and to have an appointment with the nurse as early in the morning as possible. For a pregnancy test it is best to test the first urine specimen passed after getting out of bed in the morning. If it is positive it is best to see the doctor soon to arrange maternity services.