Test Results

If you would like to request test results, you can do so online.

Alternatively, you can telephone in the afternoon 14:00 – 16:00. 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.

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 only be given to someone other than yourself if we have had written consent from yourself to release these particular results to the nominated individual.
  • The results of tests carried out during hospital visits are normally sent to the requesting doctor and not routinely sent to the GP 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.

For more information about cervical screening see www.nhs.uk/conditions/cervical-screening.


We keep patients’ details on computers subject to the provisions of the Data Protection Act. All our staff are fully trained in confidentiality procedures.

Information about you will be disclosed only to other health care professionals who have a need to know in order to provide your medical treatment. No information will be disclosed to any other third party without your written consent.

The practice complies with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and information about our Freedom of Information publication scheme is displayed in the reception area.

The practice is compliant with GDPR.

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:

X-Ray – Up to 2 weeks
Smear – 2 weeks
Blood tests – 2 to 7 days (depending on the test)
Urine – Within 7 days