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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 call the Surgery, once sufficient time has elapsed.
Except in urgent cases or when you have been specifically told otherwise, please phone for results only between noon and 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Please use the “Results Line” number: 0191 387 4964. Only use the main surgery number for results in exceptional circumstances. Thank you.
If you are having a follow up appointment, it may be wise to check beforehand (same number) that all the relevant results are back in time, and rearrange the appointment if necessary.
Blood and Urine Tests
Results usually come back in about 7 days. Your doctor will see it and add the information that you should know about your result. This will be given to you by the receptionist when you contact us.
Results for some special tests may take longer than usual and the practice nurse will let you know if this is the case.
Results usually come back in about 3 or 4 days. Your doctor will see it and add the information that you should know about your result. This will be given to you by the receptionist when you contact us.
Results usually come back in about 10 working days. Your doctor will see it and add the information that you should know about your result. This will be given to you by the receptionist when you contact us.
Cervical smear results
Your result will be available about 4 to 6 weeks after your smear and you will be notified by County Durham and Tees Valley Health Authority. If your smear is abnormal you will be referred directly to the Colposcopy Clinic at University Hospital, Durham. This will be discussed with you when your smear is taken.
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.
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.
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.
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.