Sending samples to LVPD

Please ensure that all samples are sent in accordance to UN3373 P650 packaging instruction requirements:

In addition, please note the following:      

  • All sample containers must be clearly labelled.
  • Faecal samples should be sent in a screw-cap universal container.
  • Slides should be clearly labelled and sent in a robust, secure container.
  • Do not send live specimens in the post. Use a suitable preservative and send in a screw-cap container.
  • Do not send CSF samples, or haemolysed or lipemic serum samples (our assays have not been validated to test these samples).
  • Do not use heparin as an anti-coagulant. Use EDTA where it is a test submission requirement.
  • All samples should be fresh and submitted as soon as possible.  
  • Where serum is required, please separate whole blood. If this is not possible, then avoid sending whole blood on Fridays or Saturdays.
  • If samples are received in a condition unsuitable for testing, then we will request a replacement.

If you are not sure of the correct way to process a sample prior to sending, then please call for guidance.
All samples should be accompanied by a fully completed submission form (please include all relevant details).  Lack of information may delay turn around time.
Personalised electronic submission forms are available upon request.
All submissions are kept for a minimum of seven days after results are reported and may be retained for teaching purposes.