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Labelling of sample containers

Please see the Repertoire of tests (A-Z) for the selection of appropriate container for test.

The MMMP will make every effort to ensure requests are processed in a safe and timely manner but it is essential that request forms and samples are labelled appropriately and legibly in compliance with the specimen acceptance policy.

It is also important to clearly identify the investigations required with relevant supporting information.

If you have any doubts regarding this policy please ring the relevant department for further information.

Specimens will not be accepted for analysis if:

  • There is no unique identification of the patient i.e. they do not meet the minimum data set for identification
  • There is an incorrect sample type or tube
  • Incorrect transportation conditions
  • Sample is received in a hazardous condition e.g. leaking or sharps attached.
  • Sample or request form is unlabelled or incorrectly labeled with less than the minimum data sets for patient identification
  • Mismatch of details between the form and sample(s)
  • The information provided is illegible