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Specimen transportation to the laboratory

Mailed or couriered specimens

Specimens mailed or couriered should be packaged in approved containers and in accordance with the requirements of the delivery service. Hospitals more local to the department may make their own delivery arrangements via portering or delivery van services.

To confirm receipt of specimen(s) in the department, it is recommended that a 'confirmation of receipt fax-back' form, providing the senders confidential fax number, is enclosed with the specimen(s).


(Last reviewed 30th May 2017)