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How you get your results

1. How you get your results
2. Types of results
3. Accuracy of results
4. Open disclosure


The results of your cervical screening test (smear test) will be sent to your GP or clinic.

In the past, you would get your screening test result within 4 to 6 weeks of your test.

Currently, results are taking up to 23 weeks from the time you have your smear test. In some cases, this is taking longer

We are sorry for this delay. We are working to reduce these waiting times.

We will write you a letter to let you know when your results are available.

The letter we send you will include a recommendation on what you should do next. You will be told if your sample is:

  • Normal (negative) - there is no cause for concern.
  • Unsatisfactory - there were not enough cells on your screening test sample to return a result.
  • Can't be processed - your vial may have been damaged or expired or your sample may have expired before it reached the lab
  • Contact your GP or nurse - this might mean that abnormalities have been found in your sample. Your smeartaker will have more detail about your result.

You will also receive an information leaflet. Download the 'About Your Smear Test Results' leaflet.

Information for people concerned about repeat screening tests and HPV tests is available here.