Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

General Information about Test Results

We do not normally tell patients the results of tests over the phone or at reception. If there is any problem with your test results, the doctor or nurse will contact you by phone or letter. You can also make an appointment with the doctor or nurse to discuss the results.

If your doctor has arranged a specific test with you, they will discuss how to obtain your results when the test is arranged.

For any other question about results you can phone the surgery or call in person, preferably after 3pm when the surgery is less busy. 

Important

Please could you ensure we have your correct address and telephone number. You can update your details online by clicking here, or contact reception and let them know.

Results of Smear Tests

Normal smears are recalled every 3 years or if you have abnormal smears it may be more frequently. Sometimes a smear is inadequate you will be called by the

surgery to have it repeated. If there is any problems with your smear that needs referral to a Gynaecologist the surgery will contact you to see a doctor in the surgery. Smear results can take a few weeks to come back from the Cytology Department, you should also receive a copy of the result in the post.

Confidentiality

As per our practice policy to ensure patient confidentiality, staff WILL NOT disclosed any details of the test but will advise you of any action that needs to be taken.

Results for patients over 16yrs can only be given to the patient. Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor.

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens should be handed in as early in the day as possible. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.

Test Times

Below is an approximate guide to how long results can take to come through.

Type of Test

Usual Time for Results

X-Ray

Up to 2 weeks

Smear

2 weeks

Blood tests

2 - 7 days, depending on the test

Urine

Within 7 days