All laboratory tests are collected by 1pm and delivered to Stoke Mandeville Hospital for analysis. There is no need to routinely ring for your results - if you already have a follow-up appointment with your doctor or are due to be seen in one of our special clinics, e.g. diabetes, that will be the best time to discuss your results.
The results of blood and swab tests are usually available within 7 working days. X-rays take a little longer at 10 days and smear tests take approx 4 weeks.
If you have not heard about your test results within the time frames indicated above, but are still experiencing symptoms, please do contact the surgery either to make an appointment or to ask to speak to a doctor on the 'phone to discuss things further.
If your result is absolutely normal, the receptionist will be able to advise you of this. Under any other circumstances, it may be necessary for the doctor to contact you - it doesn’t necessarily mean that there is anything seriously wrong.
Please note that we do have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection. In this respect we will only give out results to the person they relate to unless that person has given prior permission for their release or if they are not capable of understanding them.