You will usually get a letter with your screening results within two weeks of having the test. The GP practice where you had the test will also get a copy. If you don’t hear anything within six weeks, you can ask the surgery or clinic to check your results.
Your test report may show an abnormal result. This means the laboratory has found some cell changes that may need further investigation.
If the results show there may be abnormal cells in the cervix, your GP practice should either:
- arrange another test, or
- refer you to a specialist – for example, a gynaecologist or a colposcopist. The colposcopist may be a doctor or nurse.
Often the changes may be due to inflammation or infection. Sometimes certain medicines, such as hormonal therapies for gynaecological conditions or breast cancer, can cause changes in the cervix. So it’s important to tell the person doing the screening about any medicines you’re taking.