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Results are communicated to clinical staff and are normally not communicated direct to patients either on telephone requests or in written report.

How can I get hold of CPA/UKAS Accreditation information for North west London Pathology Services?

The accreditation status for all laboratories enrolled with CPA UK/UKAS can be found on the UKAS website

If you require copies of our certificate of accreditation and associated documentation please contact us using the Pathology Queries email address

All medical laboratories are required to transition from CPA to UKAS accreditation against ISO15189:2012 by March 2018. Once the transition is complete each Pathology department will be accredited for the assays performed, these are described in the accreditation schedule as published on the UKAS website

The current accreditation status of the North West London Pathology laboratories is as follows:

Department

Site

CPA/UKAS ref

Status

Clinical Biochemistry

SMH, CXH, HH, CW

8673

ISO15189:2012 accredited

Clinical Biochemistry

The Hillingdon

0124

CPA accredited

Clinical Biochemistry

West Middlesex

N/A

Not accredited

Haematology & BT

SMH, CXH, HH, CW

8674

ISO15189:2012 accredited

Haematology & BT

The Hillingdon

0554

Not accredited

Haematology & BT

West Middlesex

N/A

Not accredited

Microbiology

Charing Cross

8659

ISO15189:2012 accredited

Microbiology

The Hillingdon

1073

CPA accredited

Infection & Immunity (Virology & Immunology)

Charing Cross

8756

CPA accredited

Cellular Pathology

SMH, CXH, HH, CW

9615

CPA accredited

Cellular Pathology

The Hillingdon

1072

CPA accredited

Cellular Pathology

West Middlesex

N/A

Not accredited

 

Due to the change from being an accredited laboratory (CPA) to being accredited for a particular repertoire/scope (ISO15189), any changes or additions to repertoire require assessment by UKAS (extension to scope). 

There are some assays performed by North West London Pathology Laboratories that must be reported as not accredited for the one of the following reasons:

1. The material tested does not come under the scope of the ISO standard 15189:2012 which pertains to the testing of material of human origin. 

2. The reagent manufacturer and laboratory may be able to validate the performance of a particular test for some sample types but it is not feasible to validate the test for others because of insufficient data. 

3. There may be insufficient mechanisms available for some less commonly performed tests in the form of external quality assurance schemes or independent quality control material to provide evidence to UKAS that the test performance meets the requirements of the ISO Standard.

4. A new assay/test has been introduced and is awaiting assessment by UKAS (as described above).

5. A change in equipment/methodology requires the laboratory to apply for an extension to scope to accreditation and the tests performed are awaiting assessment by UKAS (as described above).

Where an assay cannot be accredited, one of the following statements will appear in the Notes section of the test information in the Test Directory of the website. 

“The laboratory is not UKAS accredited for this test”

 “The laboratory is not UKAS accredited for this test for this sample type.”

“The laboratory is not UKAS accredited for this test due to a change in equipment/assay. Awaiting assessment.”

See example Pneumocystis (PCP) immunofluorescence

 

Am I able to request results for my patient to be sent to me by email?

Yes. Please email your request to, ichc-tr.imperialpathologyresults@nhs.net

 

How do I get clinical advice on test results for my patient?

Please contact the Pathology Call Centre during normal working hours on 0203 313 5353. Alternatively, see the Pathology User Guide for how to contact the relevant department.
If advice is not urgent you can also email your query to ICHC-tr.pathologyqueries@nhs.net

 

How do I add a test request to a sample that has already been sent to the laboratory?

Additional tests may be added by discussion with the relevant laboratory. The time limit for adding additional tests to a sample already received in the laboratory will depend on the type of sample and the department it was sent to.

 

Where can I find test reference ranges and turnaround times for specific tests?

Information on the repertoire of tests performed by Pathology, including reference ranges, turnaround times and specimen requirements, can be found in the test directory.

 

When are the routine opening hours for the Pathology Services?

All pathology laboratories provide a routine diagnostic service Monday to Friday 09:00am - 17:00pm (Closing times can be later, all department opening hours are listed here). An emergency service is provided by blood sciences and microbiology 24/7.

 

Who do I contact for specimen collection queries, such as a courier not arriving on time or samples that have missed regular transport?

If you are experiencing problems with Pathology transport or couriers, please contact the Pathology Call Centre during normal working hours on 0203 313 5353 and your call will be redirected to the appropriate person or department. Alternatively email the Pathology Queries address.

 

Who should I contact about work experience or placements at ICHNT?

Unfortunately, we have a limited number of work experience or placement posts available. All vacancies, whether permanent posts or work experience and placements opportunities, are advertised on the NHS jobs website.

 

Where do I go to have my blood taken for testing? How do I find out information about ICHNT Phlebotomy services?

Pathology does not manage the blood tests/phlebotomy services. Please see the ICHNT website for further details

 

How do I get a price list for tests performed at ICHNT?

Please contact the Pathology Business Services manager, Mark.busby@imperial.nhs.uk or Tel: 0203 311 7100

 

How do I set up a new Service Level Agreement with ICHNT Pathology?

Please contact the Pathology Business Services manager, Mark.busby@imperial.nhs.uk or Tel: 0203 311 7100

 

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