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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Information for Patients

All procedures carried out on a patient need the informed consent of the patient.  For most routine laboratory procedures, consent can be inferred when the patient presents himself or herself with a request form and willingly submits to the usual collecting procedure, for example venepuncture.  It is assumed that when a sample is sent to the laboratory, the clinician responsible for the care of the patient has obtained the appropriate and valid consent for the test, storage and sharing of the patient's information with the relevant Health Care Professionals to generate the result so that the laboratory is not required to confirm or document consent.

For information regarding patient confidentiality and data protection, including details about the sort of information we collect, how it is used and how it is stored contained: Click Here

Lab Tests Online-UK is written by practicing laboratory doctors and scientists to help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.  A link to this website is provided: Click Here

The Directorate has provided the following Patient Information Leaflets:

Collection and delivery of semen samples to the cytology department: Click Here

Collecting a stool (faeces) sample: Click Here

Collection of a urine sample: Click Here

Collecting a 24 hour urine sample: Click Here

Preparing for a Blood Test: Click Here

For information on Sweat Tests: Click Here

Using the urine Monovette (syringe) system: Click Here

Web page 27 last revised: 4th January 2021

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