Sending a Sample
Samples sent by Royal Mail or courier must comply with PI 650
for category B substances.
- This is a triple layer system that comprises a primary
leak-proof receptacle within a secondary leak-proof receptacle
contained in a rigid outer package. The packaging should be strong
enough to withstand a 95 kPA pressure differential and a drop
of 1.2 m
- There should be sufficient absorbent material between the
primary and secondary packaging to absorb any spillage. The primary
container and absorbent material must be placed into a single bag
with the request form in the pouch
- The package should be clearly labelled 'diagnostic
Samples can be shipped at room temperature. Samples may be
stored at room temperature if taken on the day they are to be sent
or refrigerated overnight.
Samples in Streck Tubes for Non-Invasive Prenatal
Diagnosis/Testing must be stored at room temperature and NOT
samples for Cytogenetic Testing
samples for Prenatal Cytogenetic Testing
samples for Molecular Genetic Testing
Protection of personal information:
The laboratory has a procedure for the management of data and
protection of personal information that is controlled and
maintained by the Pathology System Manager and the Data
These procedures cover:
- Security - data is accessible only to authorised users via a
valid and current password.
- Access to functions and facilities to individual users is
restricted to ensure no user has inappropriately high access
- Confidentiality and data protection - the security and access
features ensure confidentiality is maintained to authorised and
- All staff within the laboratory complete mandatory information
governance training and are aware of the requirements to maintain
confidentiality and the restrictions imposed by the laboratory with
regard to information dissemination.
The Trust Data Protection Officer and ICT Department advise the
laboratory regarding requirements to comply with current and
future legislation for Data Protection.