Our couriers collect daily from doctors and hospitals throughout the greater Cape Town and Boland region. Our routine collections are Monday to Friday. For collections during business hours (8-5pm), phone +27 (0)21 512 6400 or +27 (0)21 510 2063After hours and weekend specimen collections can be made by calling +27 (0)76 341 5999.

These couriers have dedicated routes for collection and delivery of specimens and reports. Areas of collection are shown on the map.

Handling of Specimens

cyto-mikro-besteSpecimens must be submitted in formalin (10% formaldehyde).

mikro-wennerPlease use a white-topped ThinPrep LBC vial. These are supplied by us with collecting brushes. The brush heads can either be rinsed in the fluid and discarded or ‘popped off’ into the LBC container.

specimensakkieSlides, cytology fixative spray and slide holders available from the laboratory. Fluids can be submitted in a urine jar for processing in the laboratory.

pipet1-By-HPVPlease use a white-topped ThinPrep LBC vial. The test can be done from the same sample submitted for LBC cytology. Requests for HPV testing can be made for at least two weeks after a cytology result has been received as samples are kept before disposal.

microbiology_agar_platePlease do not add formalin or alcohol to samples. Please contact the laboratory for collection.
Tel: +27 (0)21 512 6400 | +27 (0)21 510 2063

slide-goedOther specimen types including immunofluorescence and cytogenetics:
Please do not add formalin or alcohol to samples. Please contact the laboratory for urgent collection of fresh tissue.
Tel: +27 (0)21 512 6400 | +27 (0)21 510 2063

Report delivery options

Several options are available. These are not mutually exclusive and clinicians can choose one, or any number of the modalities listed below:

  • Hand delivered standard printed report in colour. Clinicians can specify how many copies of their report they would like.
  • Faxed report.
  • E-mailed report. It can be automatically e-mailed in PDF format on completion.

Our reports are based on generating standard A4 colour printed reports which can include macroscopic and microscopic images. The inclusion of photographs greatly enhances the value of the report from the patient’s point of view as it facilitates the patient’s understanding and awareness of their condition, providing a useful adjunct to the consultation process.