Most specimens for histology need to be placed in an appropriately sized container with adequate amount of formalin (ideally 10x the volume of the sample) as soon as removed from the patient. Specimen containers of all sizes, pre-filled with formalin, are available from histology, please contact the laboratory. For specimens to be sent to the department not in formalin, empty specimen containers of all sizes are also available.
Prior to transport to the laboratory, it may be necessary to temporarily store specimens. All specimens that are placed into Formalin should be kept at room temperature until transported to the laboratory. Specimens in Formalin should not be placed into the fridge as this will have a negative impact on fixation and therefore preservation of the tissue.
|Gel transport medium||Fridge|
All dry specimens and specimens in gel transport medium ideally should be transported to the laboratory immediately. Where this is not possible, these specimens should be stored in the fridge.
(Last reviewed April 2023)