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General Request Information

This page contains information relating to the request, sample collection and sample transport.

Users should be aware that each request accepted by the laboratory for examinations is considered an agreement between the laboratory and the requestor.

To ensure samples and form can be uniquely linked to a patient and historical data, the minimum labelling for the form and sample is: -


Routine samples 

  • Full name or other unique coded identifier
  • Date of birth
  • Hospital Number or NHS Number and /or
  • Address for GP samples
  • Source of request and GP name
  • Consultant / Requesters name for OPD or Clinic requests
  • Date and time of collection

For confidential samples

  • Unique coded identifier and D.O.B
  • Source of request
  • Date and time of collection

Additional information expected: Requester's code and signature of collector

 Addressograph labels may be used on request forms, hospital number, gender and signature of collector mandatory for transfusion related requests


Identification required which matches those on the request form is

Full name or other unique coded identifier plus two others from

  • Hospital number or NHS number
  • Date of birth
  • Address

For confidential samples:

  • unique coded identifier and DOB
  • source of request
  • date and time of collection

 Date and time of collection are vital for interpretation of certain tests

ALL Transfusion and HLA/Tissue typing specimens MUST be hand written and MUST include:

full name, date of birth, hospital number, date/ time of sample collection, signature of collector

Samples are transported to laboratory internally via personal delivery or pneumatic tube delivery, externally via Trust transport (samples required to be proceesed on another site will be delivered by internal transport at regular intervals during core hours).

Samples referred to external laboratories are transported either via Trust transport or Royal Mail or TNT. Pathology transport is audited on an annual basis.




'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital