Routine Diagnostic Service (Haematology)

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Routine Requests

Internal requests should be made using either the combined paper request form, for Haematology, Clinical Chemistry and Immunology, which should be filled out 'lottery style', or the Trusts electronic system for requesting and reporting, ICE, which can be navigated to from the Trust Intranet home page. For data quality purposes, Laboratory Medicine encourage all users to use ICE. GP requests should be made using the GP combined request form again using 'lottery style' tick boxes.

Click here for further information on completing request forms.

Routine results are avaliable the same day. Coagulation results for anticoagulation control will be available within 4hours of receipt in the laboratory. When abnormal results are detected, every attempt is made to contact the requestor. Where appropriate the Consultant Haematologist or registrar will contact the requestor direct with advice regarding patient care.

Sample Integrity

Poorly venepunctured blood samples can dramatically affect the results of a test. Some of the more common errors are listed below:


Sample Transportation

Samples should be legibly labelled and sealed in an appropriate sample transportation bag, then attached to the corresponding request form - Please note, the request form should not be placed inside the bag with the sample. The samples should then be placed in an area for collection as per local policy awaiting collection by a Porter, sent via the Air-Tube System or by courier. Any special requirements for tests will be indicated in the Test Database.

If samples are being delivered by Royal Mail or other postal services, the samples must be packaged in a suitable container as per postal regulations for pathological specimens.

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Availability of Results

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