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Transport and LBC kits

Specimen collection and transport

Cervical samples should only be collected by trained sample takers. Details of update training courses are available from the local Screening and Immunisation team.

Instruction sheets on sample collection are available from the laboratory.

Posting LBC vials

Occasionally it may be necessary to post a sample vial to the laboratory. If this is the case then please be aware that:

Royal Mail will only transport UN3373 diagnostic specimens if they are packaged following packaging instruction P650, and,

  • Send by first class post or special delivery to an inland address only
  • The packet is marked with the sender's name, telephone number and address

LBC kits

The laboratory will deliver a supply of LBC sample kits to each practice/clinic. If there are any concerns relating to the provision of LBC kits, please contact the laboratory manager on 0161 276 5119.

The laboratory uses a database to keep a record of the number of LBC kits used by each surgery and clinic to ensure that supplies are readily available. For general enquiries regarding LBC kits please contact the laboratory on 0161 276 5172

LBC stock rotation

Please be aware that LBC kits have an expiry date and it is the sample takers responsibility to ensure that there is stock rotation and to check that the vials they are using have not passed the expiry date as printed labels containing patient details often obscure the expiry date once attached to the vial.



(Last updated March 30th 2016)