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Test Results

Patients who have signed up for online access can check their own test results at any time.  Ask reception if you would like to have access.

Please note that we cannot give out your test results to another person without signed consent from you.

Laboratory tests usually take at least 48 hours. If you have had tests it is your responsibility to phone the Practice for your results. Please allow at least two working days before enquiring for results. Please note, some test results can routinely take much longer. It would be helpful if you could ring in the afternoon for test results, as reception is less busy in the afternoon and the GP on duty will have had time to look at the results.

Please be aware that we will not give all test results out over the telephone. For some confidential tests you will be told when you have the test taken that you will need to come and see the GP for the result whether it is positive or negative.

Smear Results: You should receive the results of your smear within 14 days of having it taken. Please contact the surgery if you do not receive a letter. The letter will outline when your next smear is due which will routinely be three yearly unless you are over 50 which will then be every five years. Occasionally the laboratory will report that the cells could not be adequately seen, in this case you will be asked to attend to have the smear repeated. The reason that smears are taken is to identify changes in the cells at an early stage. If the result shows that a change has taken place the laboratory will advise on what course of action needs to be taken. This will either be a recall in six months or if the change is significant they may suggest a referral to the Colposcopy Clinic. This does not mean that there is a serious problem but it may have the potential to develop into something more serious if left untreated. If you have any concerns after receiving your result letter please do not hesitate to contact the surgery on 01865 242657.

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