Specimens are firstly validated for analysis by ensuring that patient demographics and sample types all match the received requesting details.
The samples undergo preparation for analysis using methods such as centrifugation and are then passed to the relevant departments.
Other duties carried out by the staff in central specimen reception include:
- Collection of sample from external location.
- Entering of patient test requests into the pathology laboratory computer system.
- Directing paper copies of reports to the correct locations.
Specimens arrive at the laboratory from routes internal and external to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
- Pathology specimen porter
- Air tube system
- Trust porters
- Ward staff
- Pathology van drivers
- District nurses
More specific information relating to specimen transport can be obtained from the relevant laboratory department or from the analytical support manager, who can provide specific details of pick up schedules.