Turn-around Times (TATs)

For in-house tests, the Blood Sciences department aims to provide results within the following times dependent on location:


Target Time (90%)


< 120 mins


< 120 mins


< 180 mins


< 60 mins

The times stated are measured from receipt of the sample in the laboratory reception to the availability of the electronic report. The department’s performance against these target times is regularly audited to ensure these times are achieved.

The TATs stated above are achievable for requests received between Monday and Friday for those tests where analysis is not performed at weekends or out-of- hours.

* All requests from A&E are processed as ‘stat’ requests.

 N.B. TATs for referral tests are available on the Blood Sciences test repertoire page.


Access to Results

All results are transferred to the Sunquest ICE system following authorisarion by the Blood Sciences department and can therefore be accessed by clinical staff within the hospital.
Furthermore, results for certain departments are printed out directly to the department at a frequency agreed with that location eg. immediately, every 30 minutes, only at specified times.

For GPs, in addition to being viewable from the Sunquest ICE system, GP results are also transmitted electronically to the GP mail boxes every 60 minutes, from which they can then be downloaded into the host GP system.

Where requested, out-patient reports are printed the following working day and dispatched at the end of that day.

Critical Results

Results which exceed the predefined ‘critical limits’ of the Blood Sciences department are telephoned directly to the requesting location.