Please allow 1 week and telephone between 2 - 6pm to enquire about your test results, as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request between these times. If you call the surgery for a result, please remember that members of the reception team are not medically trained and cannot interpret results for you.
Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection, and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate, unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data, or they are not capable of understanding the results.
When you take your test, you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice, usually at least a week.
It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if you are advised to do so. If you wish to receive your test results by text message, tell your clinician.
Viewing your Test Results Online
Being able to see your medical record online might help you to manage your medical conditions. It also means that you can even access it from anywhere in the world should you require medical treatment on holiday.
Test results will be available via Online Access once they have been returned to the practice and have been checked by the doctor.
You may see a comment on the result(s) from the doctor:
Normal, no action - This means that the doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be within the normal range for the test and so no further investigation or treatment is needed.
Result is satisfactory - This means that the doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be very close to the normal range for the test and the result is not concerning. Some patients have consistently abnormal results that are “normal” for them.
Patient to phone doctor, not urgent - This means that the doctor wishes to speak to you to explain the result e.g., it may be outside the normal range but acceptable to the doctor in the circumstances.
Make appointment to see doctor - This is like the above, but the doctor wishes to explain the result(s) face to face as detailed explanations and/or further treatment or investigation(s) may be necessary.
Doctor to contact patient - The doctor wishes to explain the result(s) and/or further treatment or investigation(s) may be necessary
Infection confirmed, on correct antibiotic/antifungal - Self-explanatory.
Continue on current medication - No reason to change current treatment according to test result(s).
Review in diabetic clinic - Used for diabetic patients who will have their results discussed during their next clinic review.
THINGS TO CONSIDER
Abnormal results - you may see something that you find upsetting to you. This may occur before you have spoken to your doctor or while the surgery is closed and you cannot contact us.
Misunderstood information - your medical record is designed to be used by clinical professionals to ensure that you receive the best possible care. Some of the information within your medical record may be highly technical, written by specialists and not easily understood. If you require further clarification, please contact the surgery for a clearer explanation.
You may find this website helpful; it explains all the various NHS medical tests: http://www.labtestsonline.org.uk/