Patient Identification

Proper patient identification is critical to ensuring patient safety.

Please ensure that laboratory requisitions given to patients have complete and correct information.

Patient care centre staff will ask patients to present suitable identification and to verify their identity, either verbally or via an acceptable alternative for non-verbal patients.

Patient care centre staff must resolve any discrepancies between information on the requisition and the identification presented by the patient before collection can proceed.

Specimen Storage

Swabs and specimens for culture 

See test directory for instructions specific to other tests

Specimen Packing and Transport

Specimen Packaging and Transport

Specimen storage - swabs and specimens for culture

Specimen storage - specific requirements for each test provided in the test directory