Access your Test Results online
When you attend for a test of any kind you will try to give you an estimate of how long you should expect to wait for the results. Results of blood tests, X-rays, cervical smears and scan reports may take up to 7 days to arrive at the practice. The following applications can be used to access your test results and investigations online.
Your blood test results should be received by the GP surgery within 7 days. If any of your results need further action to be taken, we will contact you by phone, SMS or send a letter to your home address. It would help us if you could ensure that your contact details are up to date.
Results are now also available for you to access online via Patient Access or the NHS App. You will need to contact reception to obtain log on details for online access to your medical records. Results will be filed in your records on the same working day that they arrive at the practice. The GP who considers your results will write a note or action when filing the result e.g. – normal – no action required, abnormal – contact patient. Occasionally, and if the result is not clinically urgent, it may be passed to the doctor or nurse who requested the test on your behalf for them to contact you.
If you use the app already and are unable to view your test results, please contact our reception team.
Our reception staff are not qualified to interpret results. If you are concerned about a result and not been contacted by one of the healthcare team, please make any necessary follow-up appointment by submitting an online form or booking a telephone appointment, ideally with the doctor or nurse who arranged the test for you.
For more general information on laboratory tests results, you may wish to visit Lab Tests Online.
Tests arranged by Hospital Consultant
If your test has been requested by a hospital consultant using ‘stickers’, the result will not come directly to us. In the first instance, please call the Clinic or Hospital for the result, as the specialist who arranged them will have a plan in mind and be able to give appropriate advice.
Most urine samples can be quickly analysed using dipstick analysis within the surgery. The result will be available immediately if you are in the practice or you will be contacted within 24 hours, if you left a urine sample with us for dipstick testing. For some more complex tests we need to send your urine sample off for laboratory testing at one of the local hospitals. In these instances, it might take longer for results to come back to the practice, usually within 3-5 days. If there is a cause for concern, we will contact you within 24 hours of receiving the result. We will not routinely inform you if the results are normal.
If you have been asked to drop in a urine or stool sample, there may be a label on the sample bottle. If there is not, please ask for one or make sure the bottle is marked clearly with your name, date of birth and the date of collection to limit any risk of the sample needing to be repeated.
Semen Analysis: Instructions for Producing a Semen sample at home
Before you collect a sample
• You will be given an appointment to produce a sample for analysis or treatment
• You should not have sexual activity for 2-5 days before collecting a sample (i.e. it should be more than 2 days from your last ejaculation or sexual intercourse, but no more than 5 days)
• You will need a sterile specimen container to produce the semen sample in to. This can be picked up from us at Bart’s Fertility, collected from your Doctor/G.P, or bought from a local pharmacy
How to collect your sample at home
• Wash your hands and penis with soap and water, and dry well
• Remove the lid from the collection container
• The semen sample should be produced by masturbation (using your hand) into the container
• Lubricants or condoms should not be used while collecting the sample. They can kill the sperm and affect your test results
• If a hair or thread falls into the container, do not take it out. This could contaminate your sample
• Put the lid back on the container, and make sure it is closed tightly
After collecting your sample
Write the following information on the container:
Your Full name
Date of Birth
Date and time the sample was produced
Returning your sample to the Hospital
• Please bring your sample to us at your appointment time
• Keep the sample warm by holding it close to your body e.g. in a trouser pocket
• The time between producing the sample and dropping it off to us should ideally be within 1 hour, but can be up to 2 hours if you are travelling a long distance
• The address to drop off your sample is;
First floor reception
Kenton and Lucas Building
St. Bartholomew’s Hospital
London EC1A 7BE
0203 465 6897 or 0203 465 6875 (For sample drop off enquiries only)
When you attend you will be asked to complete a form with some additional details,
including your G.P’s address and full postcode.
If any of the sample was spilt when it was produced, please write this on the form,
as it can affect the test result.
If you had any problems producing the sample, please also record this on the
form, as there are a number of ways we can help to overcome this if you need to
provide another semen sample.
Receiving the results of your semen analysis
If you were referred by your GP the results will be sent electronically directly to them on the day of your appointment. Please call your GP for the results
If you are referred by Bart’s Fertility department or Newham Hospital, your results will be placed onto Bart’s Health electronic Central Records System (CRS) and your referrer will be able to access them directly from here. This
will be discussed with you at your next appointment
Please note that we do not give results out directly to you from our laboratory