Sending the sample to the laboratory

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Sample: The label on the sample vial must record the forename (or initial), surname and date of birth, and the NHS number (if known) to allow matching of the vial with the request form. After labelling, the sample should be placed in the specimen bag as indicated below and the request form securely attached using the second adhesive strip.

Reporting cervical screening results

The laboratory provides cervical screening results to over 1500 locations. All primary care locations receive their results electronically. The result is sent to a nominated destination within the practice to ensure all reports are seen and actioned.

Primary Care Support Services (the call/recall agency) receive an electronic copy of the report to update the cervical screening history on the Exeter system.

(Last reviewed December 2018)