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Urgent specimens

Please let us know if a specimen requires to be reported urgently by ringing the main laboratory on ext.12240, but do bear in mind that specimens for histological analysis do need at least 24 hours fixation and a further 24 hours preparation time. It is sometimes unwise to shorten this time, as it puts the quality of the specimen at risk. Please liaise with us and we can advise you on the optimum way to deal with the sample, bearing in mind both the need for a rapid result and the requirement for good histology to make an accurate diagnosis.


(Last reviewed 19th July 2017)