Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

For the results of tests please telephone in the afternoon between 2pm and 4pm. A member of Patient Services can tell you the advice the doctor has given, i.e. normal result or you need to see the Doctor or Nurse. 

General Information about Test Results

Please remember that the staff can only act in accordance with the Doctor's instructions so may not be able to give you a result. This does not necessarily mean there is a problem but simply that the Doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the whole situation.

Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor.

The results of tests carried out during hospital appointments 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 and you will be called by the

surgery to have it repeated. If there is any problem 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

Results for patients over 16yrs can only be given to the patient.

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