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Tests & Results

When you see a Doctor or Nurse, they may ask you to have some tests done so that they can review the results next time they see you.
We are able to do the following tests at the Practice:

  • 24 hour blood pressure monitoring
  • Spirometry (lung function test)
  • ECG
  • Blood test
  • Urine dipstick
  • Swabs
  • Cervical screening (smear)

All other tests are done at the Hospital, such as X-Rays or CT scans.

Please note that you can only book in to have a test done if it has been requested by a Doctor, Nurse or Hospital Consultant.
If the Doctor or Nurse has requested that you drop off a sample (such as urine or poo) please make sure to drop it off at the Practice before 2pm so it can be sent to the lab the same day for testing.


Blood Tests

Blood tests can be done at the Practice by booking an appointment, and can also be done at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

There is a walk-in Phlebotomy Clinic in Outpatients 3 at the Countess of Chester Hospital which is open Monday to Friday 7.30am to 5.50pm.
You can also book a timed appointment in the Phlebotomy Clinic by clicking HERE.
Please be aware that you will need to collect a test request form from the Practice in advance.

If a child under the age of 12 requires a blood test, this must be done at the Paediatric Outpatients department at the Countess of Chester Hospital. Please phone 01244 365082 to book an appointment.


Results

If you have a test done which has been requested by the Surgery, the test result will be returned to one of the GPs. They will view the result, and decide on the most appropriate course of action.

Normal Results

If your test result is normal or requires no action then we will not normally contact you regarding this result.

We are now able to send a text message to inform you of your blood, urine or faeces test results which are either normal, or require no action. If you would like to receive these text messages, please inform the clinician when you have your test.

If you have not heard from us and have any concerns about your test result or related medical condition, please get in touch.

Getting your Results

Please call after 2pm about your test results as our reception staff will have more time to deal with your request after this time.

Note that the practice has a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and we will only release test results to the person to whom they relate unless that person has given prior permission for the release of this data or they are not capable of understanding the results.

Abnormal Results

If your result is abnormal or requires action we will contact you within one week of receiving the result to arrange one of the following:

  • A routine appointment with the GP (wait time up to 4 weeks)
  • A routine telephone consultation with the GP (wait time up to 2 weeks)
  • A repeat test
  • A prescription

Please note; if your result shows something which the GP feels they need to speak with you about sooner than 2-4 weeks time, we will contact you to arrange this.

Please do not ask for an urgent appointment or telephone consultation to discuss your test results if you have been informed that you need to arrange a routine appointment or telephone consultation. The GP has reviewed your test results and decided that this is the most appropriate course of action.

In order to contact you, we need to have your up to date contact information. If your contact information has changed, or if you are not sure if we have the most up to date information, please get in touch.

When will Results be Available

Types of test

Length of time for result (approx.)

Blood

3 days

Urine

3 days

Faeces

3-5 days

Swab

3-5 days

Sputum

3-5 days

X-Ray

1-2 weeks

Computed Tomography scan
(CT scan)

2-4 weeks

Magnetic Resonance Imaging scan (MRI scan)

2-4 weeks

Electrocardiogram (ECG)

1 day

24 Hour Blood Pressure

3 weeks+

24 Hour ECG

3 weeks+

Please note that these timescales are only approximate - some tests can take longer depending on what the test is for, or how busy the department where you had the test done is.

For example, an X-Ray, CT or MRI scan result needs to be viewed by a Radiologist before the result can be sent to your GP.

Chest X Rays

In a small number of cases where you have had a chest x-ray, the specialist who looks at your x-ray result may feel that more detailed images are required, and you may be recalled for a CT scan.

In this situation, the Hospital will contact you by telephone a few days after your x-ray to arrange the CT scan.

Your CT scan will be reported by a specialist, and the results will be sent back to your GP for further action.

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