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Specimen acceptance policy

Each specimen must be accompanied by a completed and matching sample request form. Please ensure all fields of request forms are completed. See instructions on completing the synovial fluid cytology request form.

Alternatively, we can supply bulk forms on request.

All specimen containers must be clearly labelled with:

1. Patient's full name
2. Date of birth
3. NHS &/or Hospital number
4. Aspiration site

Please note samples received into this department will only be used for cytology. If additional tests are requested to be done by other departments, each department must be sent a separate sample. Guidance can be obtained via the DLM sample acceptance policy.


(Last reviewed October 20th 2017)