Laboratory Medicine

LP-GEN-0007 LabMed User Guide 

The Department of Laboratory Medicine (LabMed) at St. James’s Hospital is responsible for the overall management and development of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory Services in support of St. James’s Hospital, General Practitioners (GPs), other hospitals and external agencies and acts as a reference laboratory for many specialties throughout the country.

The laboratory provides a wide range of laboratory examinations including scientific and clinical advisory services to help in the diagnosis of illnesses and the monitoring of the treatment of those illnesses. The laboratory is divided into seven main scientific and clinical specialties and two national reference laboratories. Further details on each laboratory department are available by clicking on the department name on the menu on the right. Links to the two national reference laboratories are below:

This guide contains a fully searchable database of all the investigations undertaken by the Department of Laboratory Medicine. Full information for each investigation performed is available by clicking on the investigation name on the search results page. All search fields are optional.  Search by department to access the full A to Z repertoire of investigations offered by that department.

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Opening Hours

The general laboratory medicine opening hours are from 08.00 to 20.00 Monday to Friday and 09.00 to 13.00 on Saturday. An out-of-hours on-call service is provided by some departments outside these times. Contact details and phone numbers during routine hours and during on-call periods are detailed in each department’s section of the guide.

Turnaround Times

Turnaround times are stated for all investigations in the search results page and vary from less than one hour to several weeks, depending on the nature of the investigation. Turnaround times stated in days refer to working days, and exclude week-ends and public holidays.

Acceptance Criteria for Requests

The Department of Laboratory Medicine strongly encourages the use of electronic systems for ordering of investigations, where these are available. Acceptance criteria and instructions for the completion of manual request forms and labelling of specimens are detailed in “Policy on the Provision of Laboratory Services to External Agencies” and “General Practitioners – Pathology Services Policy”, which are available as links in the Policies & Guidelines section on the right, along with the laboratory’s policy on the transport of specimens.

Manual GP Request Forms

The most up-to-date versions of the laboratory’s request forms for GPs (which include the current repertoire of investigations available to GPs) are available for download by clicking on “GP Request Forms” on the menu on the right.

Phlebotomy Information

In cases where more than one blood specimen is to be taken from a patient there is a recommended sequence in which specimens should be taken – the Tube Order of Draw. The SJH Blood Collection Tube Guide (Tube Order of Draw) is available as a link in the Policies & Guidelines section of the site.

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