Patients having blood and other tests are quite understandably keen to know if there is anything wrong with the tests or not
Various tests take different times to come back:-
- Most blood tests are back in 2 – 3 days (although some more specific tests can take longer)
- Urine samples generally take 3 – 4 days
- Stool samples can take 3 – 4 days
- X-Rays can take up to 3 weeks
If there is immediate danger the lab will ring the surgery, which will then act on the result. Because of the volume of normal test results we do not routinely contact patients who have a normal result. You can contact the surgery after the times specified above and the reception staff will be able to inform you of the results. Telephone lines are busy first thing in the morning and you might find it of a benefit to ring after 10.30 am.
Urine samples must be handed in before 4pm to allow for processing and transportation to the Laboratory for testing.