Test Results & Laboratory Specimens

Test Results

Either call in to the surgery, or telephone 020 8623 1300, please call between 8.00am and 9.00am. Please ensure we have an up to date telephone number or mobile number so that we can call you if required.

General Information about Test Results

Most blood test results are transmitted to the surgery electronically, and are available within 48 hours. Please give adequate time for the results to arrive by post, this will usually be a week, but cervical smear test results can take longer (see below).

All results are assessed by an appropriate professional who will leave clear instructions for the patient.

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.

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 the Doctor.

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


Up to 2 weeks


2 weeks - 8 weeks

Blood tests

2 - 7 days, depending on the test


Within 7 days