The doctor will normally ring or text you (with your permission) to confirm test results. This may depend on the doctor and the agreement made between you both to obtain test results. 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.
When you take your test you will be told how long it will be before the results are returned to the practice. The current turnaround time is 3 to 4 days for blood tests and 2-3 weeks for smears. We normally receive X-Ray results 5 days after the picture has been taken. CT and MRI results take longer and the hospital will normally inform you of the likely delay.