It is important that when referring diagnostic samples to our laboratories that key points are followed:
- Use the correct address - clearly identifying the lab name
- Discuss with the laboratory (by telephone) regarding arrangements for urgent samples
- Ensure the boxes for urgent samples are marked as "Urgent"
- All are packaged in accordance with EU Carriage of Dangerous Goods Regulations and IATA Regulations
In order to help NHSBT staff to identify where the boxes are to be delivered and reduce the risk of samples referred to NHSBT H&I laboratories being incorrectly stored or forwarded to the wrong department when they arrive on site we have produced a standard set of sample box address label templates for each H&I laboratory. Your co-operation in using these labels when referring diagnostic samples to our labs will be greatly appreciated. The templates can be printed direct onto labels 99.1 x 38.1mm
- NHSBT H&I Birmingham
- NHSBT H&I Colindale
- NHSBT H&I Filton
- NHSBT H&I Newcastle
- NHSBT H&I Sheffield
- NHSBT H&I Tooting
We also recommend that samples for Platelet & Granulocyte Immunology testing are posted direct to NHSBT Filton in order to ensure the samples arrive at the laboratory as soon as possible since testing is dependant on the age of the sample and samples delayed in transit may not be suitable for testing.