How long after tests should I expect an appointment to discuss the results?

I had an ambulatory 24 hour ECG on March 25th and an echocardiogram on April 3rd. I have no appointment to discuss the results and the consultant whose name was on the paperwork for both tests is, according to the sonographer, not a cardiologist but a general medical person. How long should I wait before calling someone for an appointment, and who, my GP or the consultant on the paperwork?

I had a visit to A&E about 5 weeks ago, sent by my GP after telling her what I had been experiencing. I was told then that I was probably suffering ectopic beats and that there was no problem with this. These tests were organised after that, although more quickly than I was told they would be, which is a blessing but also causes me a little concern as I wonder why so quick!

I just want a diagnosis for what's going on and a treatment plan to alleviate the symptoms as much as possible.

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  • HI you should hear from your doctor and depending on what they find she will then make you an appointment with who ever is necsesery,hope every thing turns out ok for you.

  • Yes you should hear from your GP. Have a word with the receptionist on Monday morning and book an appointment. My 7day monitor results were filed away recently and nobody saw them until I made an appointment . I am having to check everything as nothing seems to run according to plan. Last week the chemist didn't include warfarin on my repeat prescription!

  • Yes, chase your results. Make a GP appointment first - don't rely on your GP contacting you. Mention the date of your echocardiogram so that both results can be discussed.

  • From my own experience I would chase up the results. It would be comforting to think you could rely on the system but unfortunately I have had many test results mislaid and if I hadn't been proactive I could still be waiting for them!

  • Just confirming that as the patient, it seems it's our responsibility to chase up on test results, appointment dates, etc. The NHS is currently creaking under the strain of too many patients and not enough resources, so we have to take charge of our own health and not passively wait for things to happen. Become a cage rattler!

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