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Test Results

Test Results

Blood test results are normally available within two working days. X-Ray results are received at the practice after 5 days. Each test result is reviewed by your Doctor who will leave a message attached to the result, for example “normal” or “speak to the Doctor”.

The receptionist will pass on this message but is not allowed to interpret the result further.

Specialised tests such as 24 hour ECGs and Echo-cardiograms take up 2 weeks.

The Health Authority will write to women directly with cervical smear and mammogram results.

Please telephone after 11.30 am when the surgery lines are less busy. We encourage all our patients to call for their results. It is your responsibility to check your results and to make an appointment to discuss them with your doctor if requested, however if you forget we would try to contact you if your result is abnormal.

Please note that you cannot ask for results on behalf of another person (except for someone under the age of 16). You may be asked to provide some means of identification e.g. Date of Birth

When you have your blood test taken you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. 



Where can I get reliable information about what my tests mean?

Lab Tests Online is a very informative upto date and accurate source of information on blood tests.


TEST ABBREVIATIONS - what they stand for and what they are looking for


FBCFull blood countanaemia, infection, blood cells
ESRErythrocyte sedimentation ratesigns of inflamation or infection
U+EUrea and electrolyteskidney and salt balance
TFTThyroid function teststhyroid gland
LFTLiver function testsliver and protein metabolism
CRPC-reactive protein

signs of inflamation and infection

RBGRandom blood glucosediabetes
CKCreatinine kinasemuscle metabolism
Lipidsor lipid profile/cholesterolblood cholesterol and fat
Fe/B12/folateIron vitamin B12 folic acidcauses of anaemia
BoneBone profilecauses of bone disease
CXRChest X-Raylooks at the heart and lungs
MRIMagnetic resonance imaginguses powerful magnets to get detailed body images
CT/CATComputerised axial tomographyuses multiple X-rays to get detailed body images
MSU   Mid stream urinefor urine infections
ACRAlbumin creatanine ratioearly signs of kidney disease
HbA1chaemaglobin A1cmeasures average blood sugar in diabetes

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