Laboratory specimen requirements

Specific instructions for Histopathology and Microbiology samples

The Histopathology and Microbiology laboratories are not able to accept tissue specimens that need to be split or shared. Tissue specimens that need to be tested by both laboratories must be submitted separately to each laboratory, with the relevant orders on EPIC, and the appropriate labels on the containers. Collecting and splitting tissue must be done by the clinician obtaining the specimen.

Any delay to placing the specimens in the appropriate medium, or in getting the specimens to the appropriate laboratory for processing, introduces pre-analytical variables that impact the quality of the results, and subsequent diagnosis and patient management.