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That as a user of laboratory services you should:.

  • Choose your laboratory carefully
  • Ask your referring doctor or the lab whether the lab is accredited
  • Ask the referring doctor or the lab what is done to ensure consistently reliable results
  • Ask the lab whether you can see their performance record for ‘External Quality Assessments’
  • Politely ask to see the label or ID on your sample of blood or other specimen to ensure it’s accurate
  • Ensure that you understand the implications of your test results
  • Talk to your doctor until you do understand
  • Trust your instincts - suggest a re-test to your doctor if results are unexpected or alarming
  • Get a second opinion if you feel that you should – it’s your right
  • Follow up with your doctor or lab. Do not assume that your results are negative or normal, if you don’t get any feedback.
  • Remember that laboratories have a duty to provide a timely and reliable result to every client – it’s your right.

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CMLF News Issue #7
27th January 2016