Headstone Road Surgery

Phone lines open: 8.30am to 6.30pm

Test results

Our telephones are very busy in the early morning.

Please call for for test results (eg blood, urine, x-ray) after 11.00am each day.

You can also get your test results online using Patient Access or the NHS app.

To ensure confidentiality, we only release results to the patient, unless alternative arrangements have been agreed in writing.

When will my results come back?

Most routine blood test will take 72hrs. The following Blood tests will take longer:

  • Diabetes blood test (Hba1c) – 1 week
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis blood test – 1 week
  • Coeliac blood test (endomyssial antibody) – 2 weeks
  • Vitamin D blood test – 3 weeks

Other tests will take:

Chest x-ray – 10 days
Ultrasound scan – 10 days
Helicobacter breath test – 1 week
Urine sample – 1 week
Sputum sample – 1 week
Stool sample – 1 week
Skin scraping – Up to 3 months
Nail clippings – Up to 3 months
Vaginal swab tests – Up to 2 week
Smear test – Up to 2 weeks
24-hour Blood Pressure monitor – 3 days
Home Blood pressure – 3 days

Please allow additional time around bank holidays.

Why have I been asked to have a repeat test?

If a doctor asks you to have a repeat test it is usually because:

  • The result was borderline or equivocal – so the doctor wants another sample to monitor the situation or to re-check
  • The result is abnormal – and the doctor is unable to interpret the result without further tests so has asked you to come in for more test.

Please do not worry if the doctor has asked you for a repeat test, if there is a serious problem then the Doctor will speak or request to see you directly.

Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 23rd March, 2023