Pathology Supplies

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..

Heartlands and Solihull Hospital

We are unable to accept telephoned orders on either site.

Wards and departments are requested to use the attached requisition form and return it to Laboratory Medicine Reception at either Heartlands or Solihull. 

Every effort will be made to have supplies ready for collection within 24 hours. The specimen porter on both sites will deliver completed orders to those wards they cover for routine specimen collection. Download form here.

General Practices are requested to order their supplies monthly via the courier using the attached requisition form. Supplies will be delivered by courier during the week of the month assigned to the practice.  Download.

Please ensure sufficient supplies are ordered for the whole month.

While we will endeavour to fulfil interim orders if there is an urgent need for supplies this cannot be guaranteed.

Stock control and storage conditions are the responsibility of each ward, department and practice once supplies have been despatched. Information relating to storage conditions is provided regularly.

Please return any unused supplies approaching expiry to Laboratory Medicine Reception as these can be redistributed to avoid waste.

Good Hope Hospital

Printed request forms and sample/specimen containers are issued from Laboratory Medicine Stores (ext 47727). Supplies on wards are checked and restocked once a week. General Practices are requested to order their supplies via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   

Out of date (expired) specimen containers

Out of date specimen containers must not be used. Samples received in out of date containers will not be processed. Stocks of your specimen containers should be rotated to ensure that containers with the shortest shelf life are used first. Containers nearing their expiry date should be returned to the Pathology Department for replacement with new containers.

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link:

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235