Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

When results are received they must be screened by the doctor. Most results are back within one week (see table) but some results take longer so please be patient. Please contact the surgery Monday - Friday after 4pm.

General Information about Test Results

Should the Doctor need to see you the Receptionist will book an appointment in accordance with the Doctors instructions. Usually the first available routine appointment is offered but in cases of urgency a same day or next day appointment is arranged.

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 are any problems with your smear that need referral to a Gynaecologist the surgery will contact you. 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.

As per our practice policy to ensure patient confidentiality, the staff WILL NOT disclosed 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.

Laboratory Specimens

If you are asked to hand in a sample, please ensure you hand this in at reception before 1.30pm.

Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container.

Test Times

Below is a rough guide to how long results can take to come through.

Type of Test

Usual Time for Results

X-Ray

Up to 4 weeks

Smear

2 weeks

Blood tests

Within 7 days

Urine

Within 7 days