Test results

Test results wait times

We will usually get your results in one or two weeks, but it depends on the circumstances and type of test you have.

An approximate number of working days for tests arranged by the surgery:

  • Blood tests – two to seven working days unless otherwise advised
  • X-Ray – 10 working days (but can take longer)
  • Urine test – seven working days
  • Stool (poo) test – seven working days
  • Smear test – two to three weeks
  • Ultrasound – if ‘routine’ within six weeks, if urgent within two weeks
  • Cancer investigations – one week
  • For investigations ordered by a hospital, please ask at the hospital how they intend to provide the result to you.

If you’re having a test for more than one condition, the results may come back at different times.

How to get your results

Please remember to contact us to receive your test results.

You can do this through eConsult or by calling:

  • Sollershott Surgery: between 10am and 11am or between 3pm and 4.30pm
  • Birchwood Surgery: after 2pm when the results line will be available to deal with such enquiries.
  • Complete our online form on this website

The GP may have made some suggestions or advice based on your results even if there is not a significant problem, so please do contact us if you have recently had tests. We may also send you a text message or call you to explain what you need to do. If this happens, try not to worry.

If you have opted in to receiving test results via SMS we have made some minor changes to the way we manage test results. Please be aware when getting test results via SMS you may receive more than one text as one blood test appointment can lead to multiple laboratory tests. Some of the results may be normal, some may not. You will get separate texts for each report and these may be different. Please note this is not a system error but occurs as the individual results arrive back at the practice separately. Some are quicker than others so there may be a gap between each text you receive.

View or request your test results online

You can see your test results online in one of the following ways.

Use our Patient Online Service (SystmOnline), if you are registered for this service.

Request your results using eConsult:

If you don’t have access to view or request your results online, please leave seven working days after your test (and at least three weeks after an x-ray) before contacting us.

Date published: 20th September, 2023
Date last updated: 11th March, 2024