However sometimes patient don't often attend the follow up appointment. If there is a significant finding in a scan, sometimes the GP will instruct the secretary to ring the patient to give a verbal reminder to attend the appointment or even move the appointment earlier.
If a GP organised a test and there is a significant result (such as cancer). Even if there is a follow up appointment book to explain the result. If the patient doesn't turn up to the appointment, GP would be liable for negligence and to be sued if the patient ended up dying due to untreated cancer if the GP didn't make effort in contacting the patient to make sure they attended the appointment or trying to contact the patient to reschedule an alternative appointment if they missed the appointment.