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Andrology
at York Hospitals

Andrology

ANNOUNCEMENT: The guidance on wearing masks/face coverings has been relaxed. It is no longer a requirement to wear one within general areas in the hospital unless symptomatic. However, please ensure you call the laboratory on 01904 726258 prior to entering the hospital. See further covid-19 related information at the bottom of the page.


The Andrology Laboratory Service is part of the Diagnostic Cytology Department within Laboratory Medicine at York Hospital and is accredited by UKAS to ISO:15189. It is where samples are processed for fertility and post vasectomy analysis.

The service is for patients from the York and Scarborough areas. You must have a request form from your GP before you book your appointment.

We are unable to accept samples without a booking either for dropping-off or using the sample production room. Unfortunately, your sample will be rejected if you have not booked.

Laboratory opening Hours: Monday - Friday (excluding bank holidays), 08:30-17:00.

Please note appointment times are only available between the hours of 08:45 and 14:45.

Please see the booking appointments page for current appointment availability.


If you need to CANCEL your booking for any reason, please follow this link. Ensure your details are entered correctly and confirm cancellation. Please check you receive a confirmation email (it may go to junk mail). If an email is not received, please call or email the laboratory on 01904 726258 / yhs-tr.andrology@nhs.net.


PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ CURRENT COVID-19 GUIDANCE HERE (failure to do so may lead to your sample being rejected).


For website accessibility, please use the orange tab in the bottom right corner. Voice over, large text, magnification, language and screen colour change are all available. Please see FAQ's on use.

For any other accessibility enquiries, please don't hesitate to email us on yhs-tr.andrology@nhs.net or call on 01904 726258

 

Your questions answered...

Q: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Patients

Why does everything say "Fully booked" or "Not yet available"?

We release appointments on a 2-week rolling basis. This means that at midnight, the date 2 weeks in the future will open up. This is to ensure all patients are given a fair chance at booking a time slot. If all dates within the next 2-week time period state fully booked, this means we cannot fit any more patients in. We are sorry for the inconvenience, however we have had a large backlog of patients which accumulated over the lockdown period and minimal staffing. Dates that are blank are either within the next two days or are on a weekend. Both are unavailable to book.

Can I rearrange/cancel my booking

Yes, the page to do so is found here (Cancel Booking). Cancellations can be done online up 3 days before your appointment. After this time you will need to contact the laboratory on 01904 726258 where a member of staff can help you.

What if I turn up early or late for my booking?

Your sample will be rejected if it exceeds its hour as other specimens may be being dealt with/ are expected. Please call the lab on 01904 726258 if you think you may be early or late and we will try our best to accommodate you where possible.

What if I don't make a booking?

Any specimens without bookings will be rejected. If you are having difficulties booking a slot, please call the lab on 01904 726258 who will be happy to accommodate where possible.

What if I fail to turn up?

We urge you not to do this, though we understand it may be inevitable sometimes. If you cannot attend at short notice for any reason, please call the lab on 01904 726258. We are a busy laboratory with minimal staff and Andrology is not our sole investigation.

How do I get to the accessibility options on the webpage?

Please be aware, accessibility is no longer supported by Internet Explorer. If there are any difficulties, please call the laboratory who will attempt to talk you through how to find the accessibility.

Click on the orange symbol with a person in the centre - bottom right corner.

Computer browser - a black "Reach Deck" banner will appear at the top of the page with multiple icons. Language icon is the google translation symbol and should be the 4th icon from the left.

Phone browser - a black banner will appear at the bottom of the page with 3 icons. Language icon is the middle cog icon.

 

All other definitions/terminology seen on your information sheet/request form can be found here. (Definitions/Terminology)

Q: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) - Clinicans/GP

How do I check I am giving my patient the correct pot and information sheet?

Toxicity tested pots have an additional white label on them. A visual example of these are found here.

These pots were previously sent out with an information sheet.  You should ensure that all old information sheets are disposed of and a new, up to date information sheet is printed.  Information is reviewed regularly and the latest copy can be found here.

Where do we get the request forms from?

An ICE request form can be generated through the ICE system. Currently, we still require a printed copy to be given to the patient. 

Purple topped Histology/Cytology or a Post Vasectomy forms can also be filled out. Examples of all 3 can be found on the Request Forms tab.

How can we order toxicity tested pots?

You can either call the laboratory on 01904 726258 or email yhs-tr.andrology@nhs.net.

Where can we find information sheets?

A link to the information sheets can be found in the Information Sheets tab at the top of each website page. They can also be found on the ICE system and on the trust web page.

How can my patients get to the accessibility options on the webpage?

Please be aware, accessibility is no longer supported by Internet Explorer. If there are any difficulties, please call the laboratory who will attempt to talk you through how to find the accessibility.

Click on the orange symbol with a person in the centre - bottom right corner.

Computer browser - a black "Reach Deck" banner will appear at the top of the page with multiple icons. Language icon is the google translation symbol and should be the 4th icon from the left.

Phone browser - a black banner will appear at the bottom of the page with 3 icons. Language icon is the middle cog icon.

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