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Result Reporting

It is our aim to report specimens within 48 hours (2 working days) of receipt in the laboratory.

It is our aim to report specimens within 48 hours (2 working days) of receipt in the laboratory. However on occasion, extra fixation, decalcification procedures or further investigations may prolong this time.


Immunohistochemistry is a reflex test which follows a preliminary diagnosis. Most often it is employed to identify proteins within tumour cells which enables precise diagnosis of tumour type, e.g. melanoma or specific lymphomas. It may also be used to identify the presence of particular micro-organisms, such as HPV and other viruses. Immunohistochemistry is also used to identify the potential effectiveness of targeted chemotherapy.

A provisional report will be initially produced with a supplementary report being added usually within 2-3 working days.

Gynaecological Specimens

Turnaround times are typically 1-2 working days however urgent samples can be reported within 12 hours on request. Unilabs-IHS examine Hologic ThinPrep™ and *SurePath™ samples. Hologic ThinPrep™ samples should be tested within three weeks (21 days) upon taking the specimen. Additional test requests on these specimens are only viable within this period. According to current guidelines, the samples are discarded after 21 days.

* available by prior arrangement

Body Cavity Fluids (i.e. aspirates, sputum etc.)

Turnaround times are typically 1-2 working days hours (same-day services can be provided by prior arrangement). The specimens are discarded after one week according to current guidelines. Specimen containers without fixative or anticoagulant should be used.

The specimen should reach the laboratory the same day as being taken, but if there is any unavoidable delay, overnight refrigeration at 4°C, (with the exception of sputums), is  essential. Immunocytochemistry is offered whenever necessary.

Cerebrospinal Fluid

Turnaround time is typically 1-2 working days (same day service available by prior arrangement). Specimens should reach the department within two hours of the aspiration. Ensure Unilabs-IHS have been advised that the specimen has been sent.

Urgent Samples

For samples requiring urgent results, please indicate this clearly on both the sample request form and corresponding dispatch log, also ensuring that the method of contacting the clinician with the result is clearly stated, along with the date the report is required.

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