Arranging Semen Analysis

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ICE Requesting

GP surgeries that use ICE requesting can request Semen Analysis on the ICE system.

For surgeries that already have Semen Analysis packs : Request sample on ICE as a ‘collect later’ sample and attach a label onto the pot and form in the pack. The information leaflet in the semen analysis packs tells the patient when and how to produce the sample. These samples must be delivered by the patient or their representative directly to the Andrology laboratory within an hour of being produced.

For surgeries that wish the patient to pass sample in one of our private rooms (or if surgery has no packs) : Request ‘I want to collect sample later’ and print out a postponed summary. This summary should be emailed to or fax to (0161) 276 6609 and we will then send the patient an appointment.

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Arranging Semen Analysis Appointments

Specimens for semen analysis need to be examined within 1 hour of production of sample. If the patient lives a distance from the hospital it may be advisable for him to pass his specimen in one of the patient rooms in Andrology. An appointment system is in place to use these rooms.

Send a fully completed semen analysis request card to Andrology (The Department of Reproductive Medicine, Old Saint Mary’s Hospital, Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL). Ensure that male name, date of birth, full postal address, partner’s name, referring consultant/GP, referring department/GP practice & hospital number are recorded on the form.

An appointment will then be sent to the patient by post.

Alternatively the patient/partner may bring the completed request form directly to Andrology reception to make an appointment. Andrology reception is open 8.30 am – 4.00 pm weekdays.

Please note that appointments cannot be given to patients over the telephone without a request card having been received in Andrology.

Arranging semen analysis specimens to be brought from home

Patients must be able to deliver their semen sample to Andrology within an hour of it being produced at home. Where patients wish to pass specimens at home and this is acceptable to the clinician, then a completed request card together with a container and instructions (available in packs from Andrology) can be given to the patient. The sample should be kept at body temperature whilst being transported to the laboratory, for example by carrying it in an inside pocket. Excessive cold or heat can damage the sperm.

The patient must bring the specimen directly to Andrology reception in the Department of Reproductive Medicine, Old Saint Mary’s Hospital on Oxford Road, Manchester, M13 9WL (if using Sat Nav enter post code M13 0JH),  on weekdays between the hours of 8.30 am – 3.00 pm, within 1 hour of producing the specimen.

In all cases please make a note on the semen analysis request card if the result is required by a particular date. In this case if the patient cancels and reschedules the appointment then clinicians will be informed.