Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

Please call the surgery by phone after your blood tests for the results- these can sometimes take up to a week to be processed.

General Information about Test Results

If you are anxious to check your results please telephone in the afternoon after 3.00pm. The receptionist will be able to give you a message from the GP. This may be that the test is normal, that the GP needs to either speak to you or see you in person.

Please do not ask our Receptionists to give you any further information as they are unable to make clinical judgements.

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 16yrs can only be given to the patient.

Results can be given to someone other than the patient if previously arranged with Doctor  and with their consent in writing.

Laboratory Specimens

Specimens should be handed in to the surgery before 11.30am. Please ensure your name and date of birth are on the container or the sample will not be processed by the lab.

Test Times

Below is an approximate guide to how long results can take to come through.

Type of Test

Usual Time for Results


Up to 2 weeks


2 weeks

Blood tests

2 - 7 days, depending on the test


Within 7 days