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|1||Contact the laboratory for special sample tubes/containers/instructions.|
|2||Confirmation of not negative drug screens by GCMS may take up to 5 days.|
|3||Clinical history essential and protect from light.|
|4||Send to the laboratory without delay.|
|5||Do not send sample to the laboratory between Friday noon and Monday morning.|
|6||Contact the Referrals Department before taking and sending sample to the laboratory.|
|7||Sample should be separated and frozen if sending overnight.|
|8||DRP Form required. DRP Form can be found at the back of the guide.|
|9||Clinical history must be provided.|
|10||Contact the laboratory for special stability tubes for lymphocyte subsets - or take an EDTA sample and ensure same day delivery to the laboratory, Monday to Friday noon (do not send sample between Friday noon and Monday morning).
|11||Patient consent required. Consent Form can be found at the back of the TDL Laboratory Guide.|
|12||Please provide one sample for each person being tested.|
|13||Protect from light.|
|14||Provide details of travel history.|
Sample: EDTA plasma only. Full tubes and tightly stoppered. On ice, centrifuged and analysed 20-30 mins post venepuncture (or plasma can be frozen). If haemolysed gives falsely high results. Patient: Fasting. Avoid smoking.
Sample: Fluoride oxalate plasma only. On ice and separate from cells 15-30 mins, analyse promptly. Handle with care as sweat contains large amounts of lactate. No tourniquet.
Patient: Rest 30 mins prior to test.
Should be spun and separated with 1 hour of venepuncture.
Samples should be double spun and separated and frozen within 4-8 hours of sample taking, if a delay is expected with transportation to the laboratory, samples must be transported as frozen.
|19||Must include patient’s age, height and weight.|
|20||Sample types: FCRU or PCR swab or TPV or Semen.|
|21||Urine cytology container, ideally first catch, mid-morning specimen.|
|22||Must be fresh.|
|23||For Fabry’s Syndrome|
|25||Includes: potassium, magnesium, calcium, zinc, copper, selenium.|
|26||Tests for active metabolite 10-Hydroxycarbazepine.|
|28||VDRL and VDRL/TPHA have now been replaced by Syphilis IgG/IgM.|
|29||Optional PAP Smear as additional test|
|30||Collect sample at end of exposure.|
|31||At end of shift.|
|32||Avoid seafood and fish for 2-3 days before collection.|
|33||Sample must be labelled by hand with first name, family name, gender and date of birth detailed on sample and form.
|34||Samples must arrive in the laboratory on the same day of sample taking or contact the laboratory.
|35||Patient should be fasting and resting for 30 mins before sample taking. Samples need handling urgently.|
|36||Renin: Sample collected either upright/active or resting /supine (3 hrs lying).|
|37||Provide sample time and date of collection.|
|38||EDTA sample should not be separated: send whole blood.|