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: -
MINIMUM IDENTIFICATION FOR THE
For confidential samples
Additional information expected: Requester's code and signature
Addressograph labels may be used on request
forms, hospital number,
gender and signature of collector mandatory for transfusion related
IDENTIFICATION FOR THE SAMPLE:
Identification required which matches those on the request form
Full name or other unique coded identifier plus two others
For confidential samples:
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
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.
'The treatment I have received from all the staff has been
excellent and could you extend my thanks to them all. A very
thankful and relieved patient'.
Patient, Dermatology Outpatients Department, University Hospital
of North Durham