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Sample acceptance policy


Sample Acceptance Policy

 It is desirable that samples are labelled with four unique identifiers but mandatory that
samples are labelled with at least 3 unique identifiers which are as follows:

  • Surname
  • Forename
  • Date of birth
  • Hospital number
  • NHS number

The request form data MUST match the above information on the sample.

Where the sample is repeatable/ reproducible, no analysis will be performed and the sample will be discarded.

Andrology will accept no responsibility for samples analysed which initially failed to meet the acceptance criteria and will issue a disclaimer on such reports.

 A lack of patient or sample information may result in the laboratory not conducting the analysis / examination.  Examples could include: 

  • No dates and times of sampling   
  • Location for report delivery not given

Request forms SHOULD also contain:

  • · The patient's location/destination for the report (or a location code)
  • · Tests required
  • · Name of Consultant or GP
  • · Name of the requester and contact number (bleep or extension)
  • · Patient gender
  • · Date and time of sample collection
  • · Type of sample 
  • · All relevant clinical information
  • · Patient address for GP requests