Our samples are collected daily by courier and sent to the hospital laboratory for analysis. Depending on the test, the result can take anything from 3 days to 1 month. The clinician will advise you about the possible length of time.
It is the Practice policy to only notify patients of abnormal results, or those that require action or intervention. The only exception to this is with tests that require a follow-up such as cervical smear tests. The Practice will write with this result indicating a repeat date.
Patients can telephone for their results if they wish, but we ask that this is after 2.00pm to keep the patient line free in the morning for calls requiring home visits or urgent appointments. Results are given on request to the person to whom they relate, or to the parents of minors.