Tests and test results

View your test results online

Use our Patient Online Service (SystmOnline), if you are registered for test results using online services

If you have not already registered for this service please follow this link to fill out the application form to register for online services.  Under Part A and B of the form please tick the boxes to select all three of the online services.


Results timeframe

We will usually get your results in one or two weeks, but it depends on the circumstances and type of test you have. 

An approximate number of working days for tests arranged by the surgery:

  • Blood tests – two to six working days unless otherwise advised
  • X-Ray – two weeks (but can take longer)
  • Urine test – seven working days
  • Stool (poo) test – seven working days
  • Ultrasound – if ‘routine’ within six weeks, if urgent within two weeks
  • Cancer investigations - one week

For investigations ordered by a hospital, please ask at the hospital how they intend to provide the result to you.

If you’re having a test for more than one condition, the results may come back at different times. 


If your results are normal

In line with standard NHS practice, we won’t contact you if your results are normal. 

If you haven’t heard anything in around two weeks (or the timescales mentioned above), you can assume your result is normal and we don't need to take any further action.

If we need to discuss your results

We will send you a text message or call you to explain what you need to do. If this happens, try not to worry. The doctor may have made some suggestions or advice based on your results even if there is not a significant problem.


Preparing for a test

The doctor or other health professional who arranges your test will tell you whether there are any specific instructions that you need to follow before your test.

It's important to follow the instructions you're given. If you don’t, it may affect the accuracy of the test and might mean your test needs to be delayed or carried out again.

Follow the links below for information on the NHS website about some tests and what you might need to do beforehand: