MedLab Pathology has established a dedicated pathology sample transport network through MedLab Logistics. Our Logistics team cater for the transport of Diagnostic and Infectious specimens, both nationally and internationally. This service is available to MLP clients as well as Hospitals, GP practices and Medical Centres throughout the 32 counties of Ireland.

The Logistics team combines experience and expertise bringing together medical knowledge with the best current logistical procedures within the industry. Our in-house Dangerous Goods Safety Advisor (DGSA) ensures that all specimens are transported in accordance with current Health and Safety legislation and fully comply with ADR regulations. All international deliveries are sent in accordance with IATA regulations by IATA trained staff and are continuously monitored to ensure safe passage directly to their destination. MedLab Logistics transport thousands of patient specimens both nationally and internationally each week.

All MedLab Logistics drivers receive Hazardous Chemical training and hold current training certificates for drivers of vehicles carrying dangerous goods issued by the Health and Safety Authority. Each member of the MedLab Logistics team takes part in driver training sessions, imparting a clear knowledge of the products being transported to staff on the road and in the laboratory.

All drivers are specially trained in:

  • Specimen packaging through Instructor Lead Training (ILT) on transportation of blood product
  • The use of Bio-Hazard spill kits in the event of specimen spillage
  • GDP (Good Distribution Practises) through instructor led training
  • The use of refrigeration units and real time temperature monitoring systems
  • A clear knowledge of laboratory practises and procedures
  • Documentation practices relating to deliveries

 

All vehicles carry the correct safety equipment required by ADR legislation including biohazard spill kits. Each package is tracked by its own unique identification number and is traceable at all times. Each vehicle is equipped with refrigeration units to transport specimens at +4°C, freezers to transport frozen specimens at -20°C and transport boxes for ambient specimens. This ensures all specimens arrive to their destination in the same condition as when they left the laboratory. Our Logistics department can be contacted on 1800 303 349 for the collection of specimens from GP Surgeries, Hospitals and Clinics throughout the country.