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Samples – requests and labelling

South West London Pathology (SWLP) has a sample request and labelling policy which describes how requests for pathology investigations should be made and accompanying samples labelled.

These robust arrangements are to ensure that any requests or specimens sent to any of our laboratories are correct and accurately labelled.

Read the SWLP sample request and labelling policy

Accurate identification of the patient will ensure that the request will be processed quickly, sample analysed in a timely manner and an accurate and informative report issued.

This information is targeted at all users of our pathology services including trust, primary, secondary and tertiary referrals and also applies to specimens and requests sent as part of the Antenatal Screening Program.

Some departments may require additional information or may allow for some exceptions and this information is referred to on this site or links to additional documents will be provided.

Latest news

June 24, 2022

HIV service at Croydon Hospital wins ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS awards

This week, it was announced that work to improve HIV outcomes at Croydon Hospital was awarded ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS 2021 awards. The work focused on the introduction of ‘opt-out’ HIV testing in the Emergency Department at Croydon Hospital, with a sustained rate of 97% over 18 months, setting an international gold standard. […]

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June 20, 2022

Immunology services across south west London to be centralised at the Immunology Laboratory at St George’s Hospital

All Immunology services and tests are moving to the South West London Pathology (SWLP) Immunology Laboratory and Protein Reference Unit at St George’s Hospital, which will become the hub for immunology across south west London. Already one of the largest immunology services in the country, the team will be expanded further when immunology services and […]

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May 16, 2022

Point of Care Testing (POCT) at St George’s gets first UKAS accreditation

Last month, the SWLP POCT team received the exciting news that after two years of hard work, the blood gas and glucose meter service at St George’s was given full UKAS accreditation. It is the largest and most complex POCT service in the country to receive full accreditation, which proved challenging for both the POCT […]

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May 4, 2022

SWLP Point of Care Testing Team runs first community diagnostic outreach clinic

South West London CCG ran their first diagnostic outreach clinic in the community supported by our Point of Care Testing (POCT) team testing at-risk groups for diabetes. The clinic was run at a Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wandsworth where 34 members of the community were tested. Of that 34, 32 had abnormal results and two […]

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