Department: Haematology
Specimen Collection Requirements:
Patient Preparation: Patients in outlying areas should be encouraged to have their blood tests within 
an hour of the courier collect to minimise transport effect.  Courier collect 
times are listed with the opening hours for each area.
Phlebotomist Instructions: If this test requires payment please contact Haematology before phlebotomy.
Sample Type:

2x Blue (Sodium Citrate) tube 2.7mL

Minimum Sample Volume: TUBE MUST BE FULL.
Unacceptable Samples: Underfilled, clotted and haemolysed samples.
Transport Requirements: Ambient.
Additional Information: NOTE: if inadequate number of tubes received, please check with department 
first, BEFORE arranging recollection.

Routine hours are 08:30-17:00 Monday - Friday. Outside of routine hours, test 
must be approved by a Haematologist.

For visits marked "URGENT" collected at the Hutt lab, samples should be taxi'd 
STRAIGHT to Wellington and marked with a fluro sticker saying “Urgent specialist 
coagulation. Forward directly to Haematology ASAP”. The samples are NOT 
centrifuged or separated since they should reach Specialist coagulation within 
the hour. Please ensure that the samples are sent at amibent temp in the chilly 
bin and NOT in a frozen container / next to an ice pack as this will freeze the 
samples. The samples are placed in a red candy striped bag so that they are 
processed urgently. 

Hutt lab should call Wellington lab reception number 04 245 0209 (ext 4209) to 
let them know to expect the sample. After hours this should divert to the 
hospital bench as reception is not staffed after 6pm M-F and weekends. 
Wellington reception / hospital bench will deliver the sample straight to 
Haematology upon receipt.

Referred Specimens:
Preferred Aliquot: Double spun frozen plasma
In the Lab:
Delphic Code: F9
Ultra Code: F9
Lab Solutions Code: REVF9
Testing Schedule: Mon-Fri 0830-1700
Turnaround Time: same day if urgent
Reference Interval & Interpretation: 50-150%

Method: Clot detection
Stability Time Limit for Add-On Tests: Same day
Link to Application and Diagnostic Use Website: https://www.rcpa.edu.au/Library/Practising-Pathology/RCPA-Manual/Items/Pathology-Tests
Contact Details:
Lab Contact: Rebecca O'Toole
Department Name: Haematology
Phone: (04) 3815900
Email: Rebecca.OToole@wellingtonscl.co.nz

Test Information last updated on 18/07/2017
Website last updated on 24/07/2017 08:15

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