Collection of a fresh sample is required when additional tests are needed
We are in the process of moving our testing laboratory, and currently preparation of samples, loading, unloading and storage is a manual process during the transitional period.
As we receive around 7,000 sample tubes every day you will appreciate the scale of this challenge. It will therefore not be technically possible to find samples once they are analysed and stored as we will not have electronics and robotics assistance. In addition, samples will be kept at room temperature due to the lack of space.
This means that, until the new laboratory is completed, we will not be able to accept add on tests, except for Paediatrics for which we have implemented an interim system. This period is expected to last four months.
Therefore, from 18th July 2019 until the full implementation of the new analysers, collection of a fresh sample is required if additional tests are needed.
Thank you for your understanding and collaboration to develop and improve the laboratory services.
Dr J Gomez
Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Service Lead of the Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology Department EPA, Eastern Pathology Alliance