Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

You will be contacted by the surgery if the result of any test requires action.

If you do wish to contact us regarding a result please contact the surgery after 2.30pm (when the phone lines are quieter)

General Information about Test Results

If you have not heard from us and would like to know the results of your test, please leave it about 2 weeks before you contact us. This is to allow for the time taken to process samples.

A receptionist can tell you the advice the doctor has given, i.e. normal result or you need to see the Doctor or Nurse. If you request a pregnancy test you will be given a security code to collect your result.

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 that there is a problem but simply that the Doctor needs to see you or talk to you to explain the whole situation.

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.

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

Please hand any samples into reception before 3pm Monday to Friday.

Please also ensure that all bottles are labelled correctly with your name & date of birth and that the request form has been completed.

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