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How to complete the request form

Electronic requesting (ICE requests)

Where this is available please use whenever possible as it enables more rapid receipt and processing within the laboratories. It is important to ensure that the correct ICE (barcoded) number is attached to the correct specimen and correct request form before placing inside the specimen bag.

Please ensure that you order the correct test and select the correct specimen type as failure to do this may lead to incorrect testing. The ICE requesting system will show those tests most commonly requested for Microbiology Services, should the test you require not be visible please contact the laboratory to check that the test is available.

This information is the same as that is required on handwritten request forms and should include clinical details and symptoms as well as information on antibiotic use, foreign travel, outbreaks, date of onset etc.

Where ICE requesting is not available, the following request forms should be used: