Labelling Requirements

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Label requirements for all areas of Laboratory Medicine

 

Acceptable sample labelling

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Please note…

Samples cannot be accepted if:-

  1. Samples are unlabelled or incorrectly match the request form.
  2. Samples are received in a hazardous condition i.e. leaked in to the bag.
  3. Incorrect storage and/or transport of samples is obvious, e.g. incubated not refrigerated.

Any urgent samples that cannot be accepted we will endeavour to contact the requestor/ ward immediately- please ensure these details are on the form.

It is the expectation of the laboratory that all requests are made by and are the responsibility of medics, although in some cases these responsibilities can be delegated to an appropriately trained Healthcare practitioner.

It is the expectation of the laboratory that all samples are taken by an appropriately trained healthcare professional and are in line with the laboratories sample receipt policy detailed above.

It is the responsibility of the requestor/ requesting organisation to ensure the integrity of all samples and for maintaining the quality of samples from the point of collection to receipt by authorised laboratory personnel or laboratory courier service.  The requesting location is also responsible for the correct storage and management of tubes, sample containers and other consumables in their area that could affect the integrity of samples.

Phlebotomy Services

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GP/Out Patients

ArmA direct access service for GP's is available on all sites, no appointments are necessary.

Heartlands: Main Out Patient's Department

Sollihull: Ward 10 (Ground Floor)

Good Hope: Out Patients Department in the Treatment Centre

See Opening Times in table below

 

As Phlebotomy can be extremely busy please ensure that you have arrived at least 15 minutes before the closure time to ensure being seen.

GP's are advised that this facility is not specifically dedicated for GP patients but is also accessed extensively by out patient clinics. Therefore in order to avoid excessive waiting times it is advisable for GP patients, where feasible, to attend outside the peak times of 09:00 -  12:00. Please note these Departments are not open on Bank Holidays.

Further information or advice please telephone Good Hope 0121 424 9079,  Heartlands 0121 424 0242 or  Solihull 0121 424 5308

A limited phlebotomy service is provided by this department into primary care via certain GP surgeries. For further enquires contact Phlebotomy Manager 0121 424 0242.

 

 

Paediatric Phlebotomy

A specialised service for Paediatrics is available on the Heartlands site. For children under 16 requiring a blood test, please go to the main hospital reception and ask for directions for Ward 14 as blood tests are conducted opposite this ward. Paediatric patients will be considered on other sites however if it is felt more appropriate you may be advised to take your child to Heartlands for this service.

 

In patients

The phlebotomy department provides a service to all wards Monday to Saturday (& Sunday at Good Hope). This takes the format of a morning ward round 07:30 - 12:00 on both Heartlands and Solihull sites, 08:00 - 12:00 Good Hope. On Saturdays (& Sunday at GHH) and Bank Holidays this is for the collection of urgent specimens only 07:30 -10:30. There is no phlebotomy service on Christmas Day.

 

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital –Adult Blood Test Department

Available on Week Days for Adults from both GPs  & Outpatient Clinics

Monday to Thursday

8.30am to 4.45pm

Friday

8.30am to 4.15pm

Birmingham Heartlands Hospital-Paediatric Blood Test Department

Available on Week Days for all Children & Infants from  both GPs & Outpatient Clinics

Monday to Thursday

8.30am to 4.30pm

Friday

8.30am to 4pm

 

Solihull Hospital  Blood Test Department

(Adults and Children over the age of 12)

Children under the age of 12 should be referred to the paediatric Phlebotomy Service at Heartlands

Available on all days for Adults and Children over the age of 12

Monday to Friday (GP Patients)

8am to 4pm 

Monday to Friday (Clinic Outpatients)

8am to 4.45pm

Saturday (All patients)

8.30am to 12.00pm

Sunday (All patients)

10.30am to 1.30pm

 

Good Hope Hospital –Adult Blood Test Department

Available on Week Days for Adults from both GPs  & Outpatient Clinics

Monday to Friday

9am to 4.45pm

Good Hope Hospital-Paediatric Blood Test Department

Available on only 3days for all children from GPs  & Outpatient Clinics

Monday ,Wednesday and Thursday

1.30pm to 4.15pm

Pathology Supplies

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Pathology Supplies. Test Request forms, phlebotomy supplies and specimen pots are available from Laboratory Medicine Stores.

Gp Surgeries can also email supply requests or ask any supply related queries by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..