Why does this test take so long?

Here’s why your test results might take so much longer than you think.

You’ve got your blood test, now what?

Your blood test is your window into how you’re feeling.

When you’ve done your test, your doctor will ask you if you want to have a follow-up.

The follow-ups will be run by a specialist who will run an ultrasound scan and give you the results.

If your test comes back positive, you’re done.

It’s important to know you’re not done with your test until the end of the test.

For some people, this can take up to 48 hours.

What to do if you’re worried about your test resultThe test is a tool to help you see if you have a risk of developing a serious illness.

It’s also a tool for doctors to get you more information.

There are a few things to be aware of when you get your results.

Your doctor might want to: check your pulse and blood pressure for signs of a heart attack.

If you have these symptoms, call your GP immediately.

Make sure you get a follow up scan when you are ready.

It can take between 10 and 14 days.

Get a blood sample for your tests.

If the test comes out negative, you might be at risk for developing a severe infection.

Tell your doctor if you: have any previous history of a serious condition, such as a heart or lung disease, a serious heart condition or a chronic condition, or a history of blood clots in your veins.

Have a condition known to affect your blood pressure.

Need to get tested for HIV or Hepatitis C, a viral disease, or to check if you are at risk of catching a new virus.

Ask your GP about getting blood tests for a history or current blood disorder or blood type.

Check if your tests have come back negative.

If they haven’t, talk to your doctor.

Talk to your GP or doctor if your test shows you have an elevated risk of getting a serious infection.

Your GP will need to test your blood for any serious conditions that might be causing you pain.

How long do blood tests take?

The normal time to get a blood test varies between people.

An ultrasound scan is usually done within 12 to 24 hours of your first test. 

For some tests, the test takes up to 10 days to run.

After that, it will take a few more days to confirm results.

If your test is negative, the doctor may run another test to see if your level of protection from infection has improved. 

If you’re still not sure if your risk of infection has changed, your GP may want to run another blood test.

Your doctor may want you to take part in a blood donation if you suspect you might need blood donations.

Your blood test results will be stored in a laboratory in a safe, secure location and can be accessed anytime you need it.

Are there tests that are not normally used in Australia?

There aren’t many tests that can be done in Australia.

Blood tests can help you to: diagnose any possible infection