What does my test result mean?

The descriptions below give an explanation and details behind the phrases used. 

 

Normal. Take no action – The doctor has looked at the result and deemed it to be within the normal range for the test. No further investigation or treatment is needed.

 

Satisfactory. Take no action – The doctor has looked at the results and deemed it to be very close to the normal range for the test and the result is not concerning. Some patients have consistently abnormal results that are ‘normal’ to them.

 

Abnormal but expected. Take no action – The doctor has looked at the result and no further investigation or treatment is needed. This may be for the following reasons:

 

  • The result is in keeping with your known medical condition(s)
  • The result has already been discussed with you
  • You are already on the correct treatment

 

Specimen lost/unusable, repeat test – Unfortunately occasionally there are sample processing errors. This may be due to delay in samples reaching the laboratory, incorrect specimen containers being used, or errors from the laboratory side.

 

Abnormal – GP has called patient. The doctor has reviewed your test result and has contacted you with an appropriate treatment plan.

Abnormal – letter with advice sent to patient. The doctor has reviewed your test result and you will have received/be about to receive further information about this result in the post.

Abnormal – to review at prebooked appointment. The doctor has reviewed your result and can see that you have an upcoming appointment where this will be discussed OR you may have an upcoming ‘virtual appointment’ where the doctor takes the time to carefully review your results and medications but may not necessarily need to contact you about them if they are satisfied no specific action is needed.

Abnormal – already actioned by another doctor. A doctor has reviewed your result and dealt with it accordingly.

Abnormal – already on correct treatment: continue with this. The doctor has looked at the result and is satisfied you are already on the appropriate treatment.

 

Other messages you might see when checking test results:

 

Cholesterol is satisfactory: No action needed (QRISK < 10%). The doctor has reviewed the cholesterol result and may send you a text message with further advice about your cholesterol result or may be satisfied by just keeping an eye on this result annually.

Cholesterol is satisfactory: No action needed. Already taking a statin. The doctor has reviewed your cholesterol result and is satisfied you are already on appropriate treatment. 

Diabetes is well controlled: Continue medication and/or working on diet/exercise measures: The doctor has reviewed the result and is satisfied that your diabetes is well controlled.  

SMS with advice sent to patient: The doctor has reviewed your result and sent you a text message with what steps they would like you to take next.

Your sugar test result continues to be in the pre-diabetic range: continue annual check and lifestyle changes. The doctor is happy to keep an eye on your blood test annually but at this stage is satisfied you are not in the diabetic category. With continuation of a healthy diet and lifestyle this result with hopefully remain out of the diabetic range.

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