All Samples must be packaged such that the patient confidentiality is maintained and leaks/contamination of courier is prevented; high risk samples, such as HIV or hepatitis B/C, must be clearly identified. First class post must be used for blood and fixed tissue samples; all other samples should be delivered by special arrangement. All packages must conform to current regulations on transport of biological samples - details of the current regulations can be found on the Health and Safety Executive's guidelines
Send Samples to:
Institute of Medical Genetics
Univeristy Hospital of Wales
Heath Park, Cardiff CF14 4XW Tel: +44(0)2920 742641
Samples should arrive in the laboratory as soon as possible, ideally before 17:00 on the day of sampling. They can be refrigerated overnight if necessary but please do not freeze. Please not that the quality of extracted DNA will be affected if the sample is collected in the wrong anticoagulant/container, exposed to extreme temperature or delayed in transit - this may cause the test to fail. If molecular and cytogenetics tests are needed, separate EDTA and lithium hepatin samples are required, but they can be packaged together.