Most blood test results are often back within 24 hours. Urine, stool and swab results may take up to one week. X-rays take up to three weeks. Tissue samples such as biopsy of skin lesions and nail clippings may take four to eight weeks.
Information and letters from outpatient clinics varies considerably, and usually take at least three weeks. Information from out-of-hours care is faxed to us the next working day.
The hospital will inform you of results they have requested as agreed in your consultatioin with them.
Allow time for us to view the results.
You may have a follow up consultation planned or you may telephone or call in for your results. Afternoons after 2.00pm are best. Results can only be given to the patient on whom the test was carried out, unless there is authorisation or the patient is a minor.
Information given will be confirmation that the result is back and whether it is normal or not, together with any action note made by the doctor, such as asking a patient to make a further appointment. The reception staff are not trained to provide more detailed information.