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Test Results

Please Note: It is the Patient's responsibility to phone the surgery for results.

The reception team can give out test results between 10.00 and 18.00

The reception team will pass the doctors comment regarding your results to you if you phone in at this time. They can only give you a result once the doctor has viewed the result & commented on it.

We have a strict policy regarding confidentiality and data protection and our receptionists will only discuss test results with the person to whom they relate. We cannot discuss your results with anyone else unless you have given prior permission for the release of this data which we will record. In this instance please complete a 'Third Party Consent Form'

Blood Tests

Routine blood test will usually be back within 3-4 working days.

Hospital Blood Test Opening Hours (Monday to Friday): Telephone: 01279 827030

An outpatient phlebotomy service is available on all three Trust sites,

  • from 7.00am - 4.30pm at The Princess Alexandra Hospital

  • from 8.30am - 4:00pm at St. Margaret’s Hospital

  • from 8.30am - 4.30pm at Herts and Essex Hospital

  • Children’s phlebotomy in child friendly room is available at The Princess Alexandra Hospital by appointment Monday to Thursday 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Fasting: If you need to fast before having blood taken it will be stated on the form given by your GP - if unsure please ask. If you are fasting, please have plain water only from 8pm the evening prior to your blood test or 12 hours prior.


Radiology Opening Times For GP Patients - Telephone: 01279 827075

St Margaret’s Hospital – Epping Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 08:00 – 16:30 Wednesday 08:00 – 18:45
Herts & Essex Hospital – Bishops Stortford Monday to Friday 09:00 to 12.30 and 14:00 to 16:30
Princess Alexandra Hospital – Harlow Monday to Friday 08:00 to 09:00 and 14:00 to 19:45

The results will be available from your GP within two weeks.

Cervical Smear Results

Generally take up to 6 weeks to be received at the surgery.

Urine Results

Those tested in the surgery will be ready the same day, those needing further investigation at the hospital will take up to 4 days.

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