Newcastle Laboratories

GP Sample Transportation

Local GP Practices

A twice daily courier collection service operates Monday to Friday, with evening/Saturday morning collections scheduled to coincide with late opening hours.

To help the courier avoid delays, samples should be sealed in transport bags ready for collection at the agreed times.

Histology and Cytology samples are tracked.  Before the courier collects them, all samples must be listed on the 3-part tracking form.  The top copy (pink) should be retained by the practice and the other 2 copies placed in the special barcoded bag.  The bag must then be sealed ready for collection.  At the lab, the samples will be checked against the form and a copy returned to confirm receipt.

If you miss the last specimen courier we may still be able to analyse your samples the following day.  In this situation we advise that the samples are stored overnight according to our recommendations set out in the sample storage guidelines.