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Test Results

If you have been asked to attend for a blood test or X-ray examination, to supply urine for testing, or have had a swab test taken at your consultation please see the table below for length of time results take to come back into the Practice. Please call the practice after 11am to discuss any test results.

Please make sure the surgery hold an up-to-date telephone contact number and address for you, in case we need to contact you urgently.

The table below tells you how long it takes for the results of these tests to reach the practice. Please note, this is an estimate – results may arrive more quickly or more slowly depending on the workload the laboratory / X-ray department are experiencing at the time.

Type of Test

Time for results to come back

Blood tests

2 – 10 days, depending on the test. 

Some tests may take longer. 

Urine tests

2 – 4 days

Swab tests

Around 3 days

X-rays / Ultrasound Scans

Around 7-10 days


Please telephone the practice on 01384 234737 after this time to obtain your results. The practice will not automatically contact you with the results unless there is something urgent that needs acting upon.Please call after 11am to discuss any test results.

Patient Services will check to see if your results are back. If they are, they will ask you for a contact number so that the doctor can call you back with the results. This is standard procedure, and does not necessarily mean that there is something wrong. The doctor will normally return your call between 12:00 and 13:00 on that day, or, if you have phoned in the afternoon on the next day.

If it is inconvenient for you to receive a phone call at these times, or if you prefer, you may choose to have an appointment with the doctor to discuss the results.

Please note – If tests have been requested by the hospital, the results will not routinely be sent to us. The hospital doctor should inform you or us if they find anything urgent.

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