Reporting of results
All results will be issued on a printed report unless clinical
users specifically request that this is not done. This may take
1. A Cumulative report giving a maximum of the four most recent
results is issued for the majority of profiles and commonly
requested single tests.
2. Single shot reports are issued for all tests not on
3. Interim (or Ward) reports are also issued in some
circumstances or to meet special requirements of some wards. These
are temporary reports and should not be stored in the patient's
4. Electronic Reporting. This can be carried out in two
- The first is results reporting back to OCM for those requests
made by that system.
- The second is direct to a department's clinical system but this
will only be done through a special development arranged with the
5. Telephone reporting will be used for urgent results for which
the other systems would not provide a report quickly enough.
Results which are outside of the limits listed will be
telephoned. Other results may be telephoned if they appear to be
inconsistent with previous results or of particularly relevant for
diagnostic or treatment purposes.
Telephone action limits
Abnormal results for key tests will be telephoned to users, the
full list of these tests and ranges is available from the
Time limits for requesting additional tests
For most general and endocrine requests it is not possible to
add on an additional test more than 24 hours from the time that the
original results were authorised. This only applies to analytes
that are stable at 2-8° C.