Laboratory specimens are collected daily at 11:45 and we ask therefore that you bring specimens to the surgery before 11:30am. Routine samples are taken by the nurse in the morning. Routine test results and X-rays may take up to 14 days.
Cervical smear results take up to 12 weeks and you will be informed of these by letter.
You can view your test results online - just register for Patient Access and view your results within a week from when you had your blood taken (although some results do take longer). Ask at Reception to sign up for this service.
When viewing your results, you will see that a Doctor has marked it with certain comments.
Below is a list of those comments, and what they mean for you.
|Appointment already booked|
This means the doctor is aware you already have an appointment booked to review the result.
|Collect script/Medication||This means your result(s) show that you need to have some medication. Collect a prescription from either the surgery or your usual pharmacy.|
|Diabetic follow up with Doctor|
Used for diabetic patients, to tell the patient who they should be seeing for their follow up review.
|Diabetic follow up with Dr or Katie Seal (diabetes specialist nurse)||see above|
|Diabetic follow up with Katie Seal||see above|
|Acceptable/Expected Result||This means that the doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be very close to the normal range for the test and the result is not concerning. Some patients have consistently abnormal results that are “normal” for them.|
|Health Check blood test||This is just to say that these bloods were taken during your Health Check appointment.|
|INR Result - Hospital Controlled||This for patients on Warfarin. It means that the patient is contacted by the Hospital to determine their correct dose|
|Normal Result||This means that the doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be within the normal range for the test.|
This means that the doctor would like you to repeat the test as they have deemed it slightly out of the acceptable range.
|Review as planned with Doctor||This means that the doctor has already discussed a plan of action with you prior to having your tests.|
|Routine Review booked - no action||This means the doctor is aware that you already have a routine review appointment booked and so no further action needs to be taken.|
|TCI Routine||This means the doctor wishes to see to you in order to explain the result or to review your condition even if the results are normal.|
|TCI Urgent||This means the doctor wishes to see you more urgently than the above, and would look to get you seen within the next few days.|
|Tell patient Normal||This means that the doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be within the normal range for the test.|
|Treated Appropriately||This means the doctor has already discussed and/or already prescribed medication.|