Tests and Results
Tests ordered by our doctors, or nurses: Most results take about a week to come back from the laboratory. Once we receive your results, the doctor reviews them and we will contact you if we need to talk to you about them.
We strongly recommend our patients register for online access to view results online without calling the surgery. If you do need to call us to check your results, please call our dedicated results line on 020 8394 5452 between 1 and 2.30pm. Please note the results line is open Monday to Friday,
Our receptionists can look in your medical record and if the result has come back as normal they will be able to let you know. However, if the doctor or nurse needs to see you to discuss the results of the test, our receptionists will book you a telephone appointment with the doctor or nurse.
Results will usually be available within the following timescales:
- Urine samples: 7 days
- Blood tests, Swab tests and Stool samples: 7 days
- X-Ray results: 7 days
- Ultrasound scans: 10 days
- Smear tests: 3 weeks
- Nail clippings: 3 weeks
Please note it is your responsibility to contact us to check your results, either by telephone as above or by making a telephone appointment to discuss them with your doctor or nurse if they have specifically asked you to do this. You will be advised at this stage whether any further action is needed.
Tests ordered by the hospital: Results are not automatically forwarded to us so you may need to contact the hospital directly or see a doctor to discuss.
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. 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.
We have pre-bookable blood test appointments every morning (Mon-Fri) from 8 AM at the practice. Please book these via reception – you can also book some blood-test appointments online (limited appointments).
A blood test is when a sample of blood is taken for testing in a laboratory. Blood tests have a wide range of uses and are one of the most common types of medical test. For example, a blood test can be used to:
- assess your general state of health
- confirm the presence of a bacterial or viral infection
- see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are functioning
A blood test usually involves the phlebotomist taking a blood sample from a blood vessel in your arm. and the usual place for a sample is the inside of the elbow or wrist, where the veins are relatively close to the surface. Blood samples from children are most commonly taken from the back of the hand. The child's hand will be anaesthetised (numbed) with a special cream before the sample is taken.
You can find out more about blood tests, their purpose and the way they are performed on the NHS Choices website.
An X-ray is a widely used diagnostic test to examine the inside of the body. X-rays are a very effective way of detecting problems with bones, such as fractures. They can also often identify problems with soft tissue, such as pneumonia or breast cancer.
If you have a X-ray, you will be asked to lie on a table or stand against a surface so that the part of your body being X-rayed is between the X-ray tube and the photographic plate.
An X-ray is usually carried out by a radiographer, a healthcare professional who specialises in using imaging technology, such as X-rays and ultrasound scanners.
You can find out more about x-ray tests, how they are performed, their function and the risks by visiting the NHS Choices website.