Test Results

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens should be handed in before 12:00. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.

General Information about Test Results

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 16 years 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.

Test Results Times

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.

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