Story by: Sara Thompson on June 17, 2021
Once you leave the lab, how long will it take to get results of your bloodwork? It depends on several factors.
Doctors use the results of your blood tests to get a better picture of your overall health and understand more about what’s going on inside. There are many things a blood test can show you — such as cholesterol or blood sugar levels. Reading results and communicating them to you can take a matter of hours, days or weeks.
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Lab personnel will usually call or send results directly to a provider’s office for review. If the provider has a lab on-site, some tests may be run there. Some labs will release your results to you through a secure online portal such as MyNortonChart without a doctor’s review.
Reviewing your test results in MyNortonChart is not a substitute for discussing them with your provider. Your care team works diligently to evaluate your results as quickly as possible; please allow 24 to 48 hours for your provider to communicate their analysis of your results.
Results may be delayed if the sample is inadequate (not enough blood) or is contaminated, or if the blood cells were destroyed for some reason before reaching the lab.
Some tests require you to fast (stop eating) for a certain period of time, usually eight hours. If you are not fasting, the test may not be performed since eating affects the outcome of the test. You may need to come back for a blood draw, which will further delay results of some tests.
Many of these tests are performed during an annual physical.
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