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at York Hospitals

The Andrology Laboratory Service is part of the Non-Gynae Cytology Department within Laboratory Medicine at York Hospital. It is where semen samples are processed for fertility analysis and post-vasectomy analysis.

This service is for patients from the York and Scarborough area only (Including Bridlington). You must have a request form from your GP before you book your appointment.

PLEASE NOTE: There have been changes to the way in which we book in and accept samples due to COVID-19. Please read the new information sheets thoroughly. These can be found in the information sheets tab here. Changes are listed in brief below.

It is essential to book a date and time for your test, whether you decide to deliver a sample produced at home or to use the sample production room onsite. Please take care to choose the booking that suits your situation and which analysis is required (Information about each test can be found in the definitions/terminology section)

Currently, we cannot accept any room bookings. This will change in due course, please check this site for further updates.

Opening Hours (for telephone enquiries only) - 08:30-17:00

Please see the booking appointments page for current appointment availability.

This laboratory is accredited by UKAS to ISO:15189.

COVID-19 related alterations

  • Face masks/coverings are compulsory for entering the hospital. In York, there are designated "Entrance" and "Exit" doors with hand gel situated at both. Please use these when entering and leaving the hospital.
  • Booking is now essential for dropping off a Post-Vasectomy sample at Scarborough Hospital. There is one time slot on the system (08:35). The sample must be received in Scarborough specimen reception between 08:35 and 09:00 on the day of booking. You will not be required to call the lab before entering the hospital.
  • Patients dropping off samples in York must wait outside the hospital entrance and call the laboratory on 01904 726258 prior to your appointment time. This is so we can run through the additional questions required and minimise patient contact.
  • Room bookings will be subject to availability and patients will be required to have their temperature checked prior to using the facility.
  • If you are feeling unwell/have felt unwell in the last 7 days, or a family member has felt unwell in the last 14 days, we ask that you re-arrange your appointment. Appointments can be cancelled using the cancellation tab or by calling the laboratory.
  • Please attend your appointment alone unless a chaperone is absolutely necessary.


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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 a large backlog of patients which has 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/or 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.


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

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.


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As of Wednesday 21 October, after reviewing the guidance for visiting as set out by NHSE, the Trust has taken the difficult decision to suspend visiting to all of our sites, with immediate effect.  We have taken this decision to limit the spread of Covid-19, and to protect vulnerable patients and ensure staff safety.  As soon as it possible to safely relax the visiting restrictions we will do so

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here