Understanding your medical test results can be complicated, and you may need help interpreting them. Your doctor or healthcare professional can provide assistance if you have any questions.
It is essential to learn what is normal for you because, for some long-term illnesses, your results may differ from others. However, keep in mind that test results outside the reference range may not necessarily mean that there is a problem. Additionally, if all of your results are within the reference range, it does not necessarily guarantee that there is no concern. Not all of your results will be returned at the same time, and comments attached to your results may not be meaningful to you, since they are often written for your doctor’s understanding.
Follow your healthcare professional's advice, look out for any attached comments, and consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions.
The reference ranges for your tests are located on your laboratory report, typically to the right of your results. These ranges are standardised and do not consider individual factors such as gender, age, ethnicity, or health conditions. Your doctor will interpret your test results with other relevant factors and determine whether a result that falls outside the reference range presents a significant issue.
Normal test results do not necessarily mean that you do not have any underlying health problems.
Conversely, an abnormal result does not necessarily mean you have a problem with your health. Further investigation may be necessary in both cases. Blood tests and other samples require analysis, which can take up to several weeks. If no action is needed, your practice may not contact you, but you can check your results using the Online Services or contact the practice for your results.