To ensure the samples arrive in an optimal condition for analysis the Andrology Laboratory is standardising the containers in which semen analysis and post vasectomy samples, including those collected off-site from the laboratory, will be accepted.
The non-toxic containers will only be available as part of an ‘Andrology Sample Kit’ which will also have instructions for sample collection and a form for patient and sample collection details, an appropriate request form for post vasectomy semen analysis for each sample will still be required. The kits will be available from the 1st of February 2016.
GPs can order the kits by calling the Andrology Laboratory (020 3313 1039, or 0203 3313 5078). The kits will be available to WMUH patients from the hospital’s Pathology Specimen Reception. patients can also collect the kits directly from the Andrology Laboratory.
As part of this change it will be Laboratory policy from 01/02/2016 to reject any sample received in a container other than that provided in the kit.
Please contact the lab or PathologyQueries email PathologyQueries@imperial.nhs.uk if you have any questions about this new policy.