Laboratory Medicine Directorate

GP Information

It is essential that users of the service adhere to laboratory policy when submitting samples – this is vitally important to ensure speedy and accurate liaison between the user of the service and the laboratory. Of particular importance are the following:

  • Fully completed and legible request form with all relevant details completed
  • The emergency telephone contact number of the GP in the event of a result requiring a clinical intervention, becoming available outside normal GP clinic hours. (This should be given confidentially to the Laboratory Manager by e-mail)
  • Sample transport in a timely manner to avoid delays which may affect the results
  • GPs should avail of Healthlink (the State messaging system) to receive reports electronically. In time, GPs will be able to use the system to place an order electronically which will improve the efficiency of the process for both the GP and the laboratory