General Information about Test Results
In the majority of cases the results will be within Normal or expected limits and in these circumstances your Doctor may ask that you are informed your result in normal when you enquire.
Should the Doctor need to discuss the result with you they will ask our reception team to contact you and arrange an on the day telephone consultation.
For a variety of reasons a test may need to be repeated or medication may be prescribed and often the Practice Nurse will speak to you about this.
The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are not normally sent to the practice.
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.
Results for patients over 16years can only be given to the patient.
As per our practice policy to ensure patient confidentiality, the staff will not disclose any details of the test but will advise you of any action that needs to be taken.
Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor.
Specimens should be handed in as early in the day as possible. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.
Below is an approximate guide to how long results can take to come through.
Never assume a result is normal please allow the time allocated below and if you have not heard from us please do contact us via the website to request your result.
Type of TestUsual Time for ResultsX-RayUp to 2 weeksSmear2 weeksBlood tests2 – 7 days, depending on the testUrineWithin 7 days