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
|FBC||Full blood count||anaemia, infection, blood cells|
|ESR||Erythrocyte sedimentation rate||signs of inflamation or infection|
|U+E||Urea and electrolytes||kidney and salt balance|
|TFT||Thyroid function tests||thyroid gland|
|LFT||Liver function tests||liver and protein metabolism|
signs of inflamation and infection
|RBG||Random blood glucose||diabetes|
|CK||Creatinine kinase||muscle metabolism|
|Lipids||or lipid profile/cholesterol||blood cholesterol and fat|
|Fe/B12/folate||Iron vitamin B12 folic acid||causes of anaemia|
|Bone||Bone profile||causes of bone disease|
|CXR||Chest X-Ray||looks at the heart and lungs|
|MRI||Magnetic resonance imaging||uses powerful magnets to get detailed body images|
|CT/CAT||Computerised axial tomography||uses multiple X-rays to get detailed body images|
|MSU ||Mid stream urine||for urine infections|
|ACR||Albumin creatanine ratio||early signs of kidney disease|
|HbA1c||haemaglobin A1c||measures average blood sugar in diabetes|