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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Ordering Consumables

Forms are available below for ordering consumables from either site reception. The form can be sent into the laboratory, faxed or e-mailed using the following e-mail address:

Please order weekly and try not to keep large stocks of consumables as some items deteriorate with time.

To access the York Consumables Order Form Click Here

To access the Scarborough Consumables GP Order Form Click Here

To access the Scarborough Consumables Ward Order Form Click Here

To order cytology supplies send an email stating your practice national code, practice name and what consumables you require to the following email address:

Hypoglycaemia in children

Instructions and sampling kits for the investigation of hypoglycaemia in children are available on SCBU, Ward 17 and Child Assessment Unit at York Hospital and SCBU and Duke of Kent ward at Scarborough Hospital. Please ring Main Laboratory Reception on 6542 at York or Blood Sciences Specimen Reception at Scarborough on 2351 if you require a further kit.   Out of hours please contact the BMS on call via bleep 934 (York) or the hospital switchboard '0' (Scarborough).

Pregnancy Tests (hCG)

Pregnancy test kits are available from the department (available at cost price for GP surgeries) and this point of care test should be used wherever possible. The device has a sensitivity of 20 IU hCG/L and will become positive by the day of the first missed menstrual period in the vast majority of pregnant women. Early morning urine is the preferred sample but random urines can also be used. A protocol for the use of this device is available from the laboratory. 

Where the point of care device is not available the laboratory will perform this test. Please send a random urine sample in a plain container. Alternatively the laboratory can also measure hCG in  serum. Please send a blood sample collected into a brown top tube.

In suspected ectopic pregnancy serum hCG is measured. Please telephone to inform the laboratory if a serum hCG is required urgently.

CSF sampling for suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage

Instructions and sampling kits for the investigation of CSF in suspected subarachnoid haemorrhage are available in York from Main Laboratory Reception (6542) and Biochemistry (6802 or bleep 934 out of hours), and in Scarborough from Biochemistry Reception (ext 2351). Please follow the instructions carefully. Samples for spectrophotometric scanning should NOT be sent in the pneumatic tube.

Web page 18 last updated: 29th May 2019


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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.