Test results


When your GP arranges for you to have a blood test the result will usually come back about a week later.

If any of these tests are abnormal the doctor will send you a message via telephone/text or post asking you to book an appointment.

Please do not worry if you receive this message. The doctor will say if you need to be seen urgently.

If your results are normal you will not routinely receive a text or letter. After 7 days you are welcome to call reception after 1pm on 01404 819207 to confirm that your results are normal if you wish, or use patient access or the NHS App.

Xrays and scan reports can take longer that a week to come back to your GP. As with blood tests if there is anything which your doctor needs to discuss with you they will send you a message.

To obtain your test results for these, please contact the Practice after 14 days. Test results which are arranged by hospital consultants do not come automatically back to your GP until after you have seen the hospital doctor and been given the result personally.

Note that the Practice has a strict policy regarding confidentially and data protection and we will only release tests 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.

Further information on how xrays and blood tests are carried out can be found here.


If you are asked to provide a sample by a health profession and for the health and safety of our staff: they will only be accepted of you do the following;

[1] Put your sample in the correct bottle/sample pot, these can be obtained from us or purchased from the pharmacy.

[2] Clearly label the pot with your name, date of birth and GP’s name;

[3]Put the pot into a plastic bag;

[4] Fill in a form (these can be obtained from us) or leave a note with your current clinical details and symptoms;

[5] Hand deliver it to a receptionist before noon, as all samples are collected by courier at 12.30pm for processing at the laboratory in Exeter;

We will not accept samples dropped off at the Surgery unless you have discussed this first will a health professional.



Date published: 8th October, 2014
Date last updated: 26th June, 2020