NEW Specimen Acceptance Policy Live April 1st
The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine (DLM) has updated the
Specimen Acceptance Policy, which is available HERE.
This policy is a key component of the Trust and Directorate
Clinical Risk Management Strategy and in ensuring compliance with
Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd (CPA) standards and
guidelines from professional bodies.
Over the past few months we have been liaising with our users to
develop this policy and to ensure the Directorate meets best
practice to ensure Patient Safety and the effective reporting of
Laboratory Medicine results and reports. We now need to implement
the policy in full.
Therefore, as from 1st April 2012, all inadequately
labelled specimens will be rejected. I would be grateful if
you could ensure that your staff are all aware of the requirements
of the policy and the implications of inadequate labelling.