Access Your Test Results

Results of tests are seen and commented on by a doctor (usually your own doctor or the doctor who has arranged them) before they are made available to patients.

The easiest way to review your test results is via the NHS App where you can see both the test result and comment. If you are not able to access the NHS App, please complete this online form. Alternatively, you can also call the surgery to request your test results.

  • For blood test results, expect to wait at least 2 working days
  • For urine, sputum and swabs, allow at least 3 working days
  • For X-rays, allow 10 working days.

Please note, we request that you do not assume that a result is normal if we do not contact you. The surgery will contact you if there is a significant problem with your results, but please review all results as the GP may have made some suggestions or advice based on your results even if there is not a significant problem. 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, if you call, 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.

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.

Alternatively you could contact the relevant ward/department where you attended. Check here for Royal Hampshire County Hospital, or here for Southampton General Hospital.

Information about your laboratory tests

For information on what your laboratory test results mean please visit Lab Tests Online. Please note, this website does not give you access to your actual results, but will provide an explanation of what the varying tests are and what the results mean.

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.

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.