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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Transportation of Samples and Postage

Please note Transport is under the remit of the Transport Department within the Estates & Facilities Directorate.

For a brief guide suitable for print and display regarding urgent sample transport: Click Here

All users are referred to the current Laboratory Medicine Full Procedure: Click Here

For information and instructions for packaging and transporting COVID-19 PCR Samples: Click Here

This procedure deals with the transport of specimens and other pathological materials to and from the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine. This includes transport of specimens within the Trust and off-site, and the referral of specimens or pathological material from the Directorate to other laboratories and institutions either by courier or via the postal service.

The purpose of the procedure is to provide instruction and assign responsibility for the organisation and control of the carriage of specimens and pathological material to and from the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine.

This procedure covers all staff in the Directorate and relates to all specimens and pathological material submitted to and referred from the Directorate.

This procedure seeks to ensure that the transportation of these samples complies with current legislation, including the European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road Regulations (ADR), which defines certain pathological materials as dangerous goods and the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, protecting anyone who comes into contact with the specimens, the public at large and the environment.

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