Accessing your medical records - Results
From 1st November 2022, all prospective data held within a patient’s electronic GP medical record (i.e., data entered from 1st November 2022 onwards) will be visible to the patient automatically within their patient-facing apps/websites (e.g., the NHS App & Patient Access), without needing to apply to the practice, if they are aged 16+.
When you are viewing results online you will see a comment. Most of the comments are self-explanatory and you should always follow the advice of the clinician that arranged the tests for you whether the results are normal or not.
- Abnormal – book review appointment with practice nurse means that if you haven’t already you need to book for your chronic disease review.
- Abnormal – clinician has requested urgent appointment means you should have been contacted already but you should contact reception straight away if you have not.
- Abnormal – on appropriate treatment means that the treatment you have been given should cure the problem but if it doesn’t you should arrange an appointment or follow any other advice given.
- Abnormal – review as planned means that the result is abnormal and you should follow the advice given during your consultation – this may mean booking a follow-up appointment.
- Abnormal – routine appointment means the result is abnormal but can not urgent and can be discussed in a routine appointment.
- Book appointment for repeat of test – this may mean there was a problem with the test and so it needs to be done again or the result was abnormal but needs to be checked again before action is needed.
- Hospital copy for information only refers to tests that were requested by hospital clinicians rather than clinicians from Ford Medical Practice that have been added to the record for information.
- Normal means the test was normal but you should still arrange follow-up if this was advised especially if you have unexplained symptoms without a plan to manage them.
- Normal – attend review with practice nurse means that if you haven’t already you need to book for your chronic disease review
- Refer to consultation for detail means that the clinician has written an entry in the notes with a plan. If this is not visible to you and you haven’t already been contacted, you should contact reception.
- Satisfactory no action means that the result is outside the normal range but is either normal for you or the clinician is happy that no action is required. This includes borderline results considered normal. If you have been advised to arrange a follow-up appointment you should do that but if the clinician said that there was no need for follow-up if the tests were normal then satisfactory should be considered as normal.