Pathology staff advise all critically abnormal results by phone to an authorised person at the patient's location (for inpatients).
Problems phoning urgent / abnormal results
If pathology are unable to get through to the ward, or no one answers a pager for urgent results, the covering resident will be paged via switch as a last resort. If there is still no response, a comment will be entered in the pathology system.
Contact our expert pathologists for specialist advice.
The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPA) also provides comprehensive information on pathology tests, reference intervals and interpretation.