Publish date: 22 September 2021

The Pathology team need, as a minimum, the same three patient identifiers on both tubes, as well as the request

forms in order to be processed. Without these, the sample will be rejected and not analysed.

They require 1,2 & 3 or 1,2 & 4 as minimum patient identifiers:

1.            First and last name,

2.            Date of birth,

3.            NHS or hospital number  

4.            First line of address if NHS/Hosp number not available.

Please make sure you do this to avoid delays and remove risk to patient’s management.

Please ensure you have checked you have the correct patient details when ordering and labelling Pathology Samples