Specimen Collection, Packaging & Transport

General Specimen Preparation

  • Ensure the correct collection containers are used and an adequate amount of specimens is collected.
  • Do not use expired collection containers or transport media for specimen collection.
  • Ensure all tubes, containers, and request forms are properly labelled with at least 2 identifiers.
  • All tubes and containers must be tightly and properly capped to prevent spillage and contamination.
  • Blood urine specimens for glucose (except in fluoride tube), electrolytes, calcium, phosphate, bicarbonate, CPK, LDH, SGOT, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), PT/PTT, and urine FEME cannot be kept overnight.
  • Please refer to the Specimen Collection Guidelines section of our Service Catalogue for a thorough explanation of the appropriate procedures for collecting all types of specimens.

Request Forms

A request form with relevant patient data must accompany each specimen. Mandatory information on the request form includes:

  • Name & Complete NRIC/FIN or Passport Number
  • Nationality
  • Date of Birth & Gender
  • Name of Clinic & Ordering Doctor
  • Type of Specimen
  • Test(s) Required
  • Date & Time of Collection
  • Other Relevant Information (e.g., fasting / medication)

Specimen Packaging

  • Use one zip-lock plastic bag for one patient.
  • Multiple specimens per patient can be put in a bigger bag after using separate small bags for the urine or stool specimens.
  • Ensure the specimen containers are tightly capped and properly labelled (at least 2 identifiers).
  • Seal the bag properly at the top using the zip or staple.
  • Staple the completed request form onto the top of the bag above the sealer.
    Note: Do not put the request form into the bag.

Specimen Collection

To enquire or make a request for specimen collection, please call 6742 9011.

Collection Hours

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Sunday & Public Holiday Closed

Rejection Policy

Pathlab reserves the right to reject suboptimal specimens if they are assessed to be unacceptable for testing, such as but not limited to:

  • Unlabelled specimen
  • Contaminated specimen
  • Incorrectly labelled specimen
  • Insufficient sample volume
  • Incorrect collection container used
  • Broken/leaking container

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