Sending a sample to Immunology
The range of immunology tests offered is described in the A-Z
of immunology tests.
A brief summary of the clinical applications of each test is
provided - this is intended only as a guide. Additional background
support is provided by links to clinical areas.
Specimen Acceptance Policy
The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine has a Specimen Acceptance
Policy. A copy of the Directorate Specimen Acceptance
policy is included in the DLM handbook obtained from the Client
Services Office, CSB1.
The request form should contain a unique identifier, in addition
to the minimum acceptance criteria listed below, so that the
results of investigations can be accurately filed in the laboratory
computer patient record.
The request form data must match the three pieces of information
that are on the samples - surname, forename or initial, date of
birth or record number.
Where there are multiple samples, taken at different times, the
times should be recorded on the request. The times should also
match the times written on the tubes.
Each request form should also contain:
- NHS or Hospital Number
- Address for the report
- Consultant or GP Name of requestor
- Test(s) required
- Date and time of sample when the time is important and when
there are multiple samples
- Contact number for requestor
- Relevant clinical information
If the above items are omitted, then it may not be possible to
issue a report or to interpret results. In addition, the laboratory
may not conduct some analyses if this information is not given.
Appropriate comments will be made on the report.
The time limit for requesting additional examinations is
restricted to two weeks. This restriction excludes requests for the
unmasking of ENA and DNA results following a positive ANA result.
The unmasking of ANAs is restricted to 28 days from the date of the
(Last updated October 2nd