Request cards

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In order to give you the maximum possible histopathological information, we need you to give us full and accurate details on the appropriate request card.

The request card must always be filled in as accurately and as fully as possible.  Request cards with no or scanty details are logged in the laboratory error logging system and will be returned to the sender if incorrectly or incompletely filled in.

In accordance with the departmental and DLM Specimen Acceptance Policy, a minimum of four matching patient identifiers are required on the request card and the specimen pot before we can accept a sample. See specimen acceptance policy.

All paper request cards should be completed in full and all information provided should be clearly legible. Any missing information or errors will result in a delay to specimen processing and reporting.

Correct patient and specimen information is vital for us to provide a quality service to our users. Any specimens deemed to be high risk or potentially high risk should be clearly labelled as such to protect the health and safety of all staff.

If a patient is part of a research project, this should be clearly labelled on the request card to ensure that the specimen undergoes the correct agreed procedures.

ICE requests

Specimen acceptance criteria for ICE samples are identical to those for samples requested in the conventional manner. ICE generates two histology labels for each pot. Both must be used, one label contains patient demographics; the other contains space for the user to add information regarding specimen type. ICE labels must be attached to the specimen container/pot and not to the lid of the container. Unlike some of the other pathology disciplines, Paediatric Histopathology still require a request card for all specimens requested on ICE.


(Last reviewed August 2021)