Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

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Test results are also available online by patients registered to access the medical records viewer module.

Test Results

Please telephone between 12noon & 4.00pm for results of tests and x-rays.

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 that 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 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

Our reception staff are instructed to pass results on to patients themselves once they have been read by a doctor.

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

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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