Access Your Test Results

When you attend for a test of any kind you will be told how long you should expect to wait for the results. Please bear this in mind and either access your results on the NHS App or you can call the Surgery, once sufficient time has elapsed.

NHS App

Download the NHS App, or open the NHS website in a web browser, to set up and log in to your NHS account. Owned and run by the NHS, your NHS account is a simple and secure way to access a range of NHS services online, including appointments and prescriptions.

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NHS App displayed on mobile phone

Most blood tests will be done at Guys & St Thomas’ Hospital phlebotomy service after you have been given the request form. Some blood tests are done with the Consulting Clinician at the appointment. This is at the clinician’s discretion.

Approximate Time for Return of Test Results
Blood Test:2-5 days (some blood tests take longer)
Urine/Stool:3-4 days
Sputum:7 days
Nail Clippings:14 days
Skin Scraping:14 days
Semen Samples:Up to 21 days
Smear Samples:4 – 8 weeks
Scans:14 – 21 days
X-rays:Up to 10 days
Histology/Biopsies:4 – 6 weeks
Swabs (from any body area):3-4 days

Please note, these are all approximations; we have no control over the speed of results from Secondary Care.

Please ask about your results in advance of your expected results review appointment. You can telephone for results between 14:00 -17:00 Monday – Friday. Please note, results will only be given to the patient.

You will be asked for some personal details when calling, this is to confirm your identity. The receptionist has the right to refuse the release of medical information if he/she feels that it does not pertain to the person calling. We hope that our patients find our high standards of confidentiality satisfactory with regard to releasing this type of information.

If the test was arranged by your hospital consultant
If your test has been carried out at a Clinic or Hospital please call the Clinic or Hospital for the result, as we cannot action tests which have been requested by other Clinicians outwith the practice. If the consultant’s secretary or colleague inform you they will send the results to your GP, explain that you want the results from the specialist who arranged them who is in by far the best place to give appropriate advice.

Our Reception staff are not qualified to comment on results therefore it is your responsibility to check them and make any necessary follow-up appointment with the Doctor.

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.

Information about your laboratory tests

For information on what your laboratory test results mean please visit Lab Tests Online.

Specimens

All specimens must be provided in a suitable container and marked clearly with name, date of birth, date provided and reason for the specimen.

All daily samples must be delivered to the surgery no later than 13:00 as there is no specimen collection after this time!

Failure to do so may mean that the test will need to be repeated – Please note that when bringing in a sample to the surgery, only samples in the correct container can be accepted. These are available from reception.

Tests Performed Outside of the NHS Including Abroad

These results will not appear on any NHS systems, therefore are not accessible to NHS clinicians (unless the referral was made by your NHS care provider). If you have had tests outside of the NHS it is your responsibility to provide us with copies or originals of all the test results in order that we do not duplicate tests. If you are unable to do so you may be referred to an appropriate UK setting for the same test. This is to ensure we comply with best practice care standards. If you do not wish to have a repeat test you will be asked to give informed dissent.