Changes

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Notable Changes (last  updated 5/12/12)

  • 1 Dec 12 PTH (Parathyroid Hormone) testing: Change of bottle type. See here for more information
  • Oct 12 Faecal Occult Blood Testing no longer availabe
  • 3 Aug 12 New instruction for urgent samples from GPs
  • 3 Aug 12 Instructions for viewing results via Results Viewer added
  • 3 Aug 12 New collection instructions for Tryptase in line with new NICE guidance
  • 3 Jan 2012 Haematology: Restandardised Folate kit introduced in haematology. Calibrated to WHO standard. Click here for more information
  • Nov 2011 Microbiology: Purtussis swabs (for Whooping Cough) withdrawn. Click here for more information
  • Nov 2011 Chemistry - BNP samples no longer need to be transported in the dark. Black bags withdrawn. Please send samples in red transport boxes with other samples. Click here for more information
  • Nov 2011 Immunology tests from GP practices: If requesting both immunology and chemistry tests, only one gold top bottle required. Click here for more information
  • 23 Sep 2011: Revised supply order forms - one form for all supplies
  • 21 Sep 2011: Blood tube sample boxes for GP practices in Tunbridge Wells catchment
  • 21 September 2011: Closure of Kent & Sussex Hospital. Haematology, Transfusion and Chemistry transerred to Tunbridge Wells Hospital at Pembury. Click here for more information.
  • Oct 2010 - start of GP Ordercomm project.
  • 2 September 2010: Chlamydia PCR - New sample collection method see master repertoire
  • 20 May 2011: Cellular Pathology department moving from Preston Hall to Maidstone Hospital.Click here for more information.
  • April 2011: Red box blood tube transport system for all Maidstone GP Practices
  • 8 Mar 2010 Histology at Pembury moving to Preston Hall
  • 21 September 2009: Phosphate test (urine): please send a plain 24 hour collection, not one containing acid.
  • 6 February 2009: Faecal reducing substances method changed. Special collection bottle no longer required.
  • 6 February 2009: CSF for microbiology - send bottle 1 & 3 (not 2 & 3).
  • 30 June 2008: New initiative for blood culture collection introduced.
  • June 2008: Supply forms for laboratory consumables have now been published for wards to download to order blood tubes, swabs and other specimen containers.
  • September 2007:All Immunology blood samples should now be collected in gel clot tubes (gold top) rather than plain clot tubes (red top).
  • July 2007:Blood culture collection technique has changed.
  • June 2007:Gentamicin and Vancomycin antibiotic assays are now performed by Clinical Biochemistry.
  • May 2007:Microbiology has moved to Maidstone hospital.
  • February 2007:Semen analysis is now performed by the haematology department at both ends of the Trust.
  • 11 January 2007:Method for taking cervical samples using Liquid Based Cytology technology has been updated.
  • 21 December 2006:Calcitonin specimen requirements have changed. Patients no longer need to be fasting. Preferred specimen type is serum Gel Clot (Gold). Sample still needs to be in the lab within 10 mins.
  • 16 November 2006:As part of the decant plan, the Haematology department at Pembury is moving to Kent & Sussex. The Transfusion department at K&S is moving from A/E to join their Haematology colleagues.
  • 26 October 2006:Microbiology are now able to offer a full service examining joint fluids for crystals (gout diagnosis).
  • 8 August 2006:Microbiology are now testing Chlamydia by a PCR method.
  • 31 July 2006: The cytology department at Pembury is moving to merge with the cytology department at Preston Hall.
  • 24 April 2006:Microbiology at Kent and Sussex has moved to Preston Hall. Sample collection arrangements remain the same.
  • 3 April 2006:Estimated glomerular filtration rate will be reported with every serum creatinine request. This is to comply with the National Service Framework for Renal Diseases directive, details of which should have been sent to all medical practitioners. Vitamin B12 and folic acid analyses will be performed by the Haematology Department. Please use Haematology area of the combined Biochemistry/Haematology request form and include an additional red-top clotted bottle with other Haematology samples.
  • 7 November 2005: Pancreolaurly test withdrawn. Replaced with Faecal Elastase.
  • 21 October 2005: Anti Acetyl Choline Receptor Ab (ACRA) testing is now performed by Immunology, NOT Clinical Biochemistry.
  • 8 August 2005: Transfusion patients - introduction of red label system to all MTW Trust sites.