At Blue Horizon Medicals we strive to deliver a top class service 100% of the time. In order to facilitate this we work very hard, with you and your results our top priority. However, it is neccesary to state our terms and conditions relating to the service that we provide to avoid any misunderstanding.
We pledge that you are entitled to a 100% money back guarantee if you change your mind about getting your laboratory tests at any point before getting your blood taken by one of the NUFFIELD locations. Refunds will be actioned within 48 working hours of your request to the card that you used for payment. We do not charge an administration fee for this as there is very little administration time involved. Once you have had your sample taken you will no longer be entitled to a refund of charges unless your sample is lost, improperly stored or incorrectly taken by NUFFIELD pathology, resulting in a non or invalid result. In that event you will have a choice of either a refund of the tests involved, or a chance to attend again for another sample to be taken. As the pathology service is itself provided by NUFFIELD Pathology Services and not ourselves, you agree when you order a test not to hold us liable for any delays or other costs which is beyond our direct control. We don't like delays at all and always work our hardest to get you your results on time.
The turnaround times are stated clearly for each test and are to be used as a guide only. The results are usually only released once all tests become available. The turnaround times, as a guide refer to the number of working days (not weekends and bank holidays) that it takes between your blood being received by the processing Laboratory and the results being emailed to yourself. Please understand that as these turnaround times are a guide results may well fall inside the times stated. However, sometimes results will take longer than the stated times due to circumstances beyond our control such as mechanical breakdown of equipment, human error or transportation issues affecting courier routes, as not all tests will be analysed by the location that you have your blood taken at. If your results are overdue we consult the Laboratory browser four to five times a day to specifically look for your result as well as ask the laboratory managers to chase the results on your behalf. We understand that waiting for overdue reasults is frustrating, we will be frustrated too!
Once the results are ready from Nuffield Health Pathology they will be securely emailed to us by encrypted email. If they fall within normal range or you have opted for the express results service, they will be sent straight through to you by email. If you have opted for reported results and interpretation is needed, one of our medical panel will provide comment free of charge, which can take a further 24-48 hours to be processed. Sometimes you may have to re-attend a Nuffield Health Pathology location to have your sample re-taken due to transport or storage problems with your initial sample.
Our panel of Doctors are all practicing GP’s and if any of your results are outside established parameters and you have opted for reported results, we provide a free of charge medical comment based upon your blood results alone. Choosing 'reported' results means you will not receive an interpretation. As it may be difficult to make a full assessment on laboratory results alone you may be informed that a follow up consultation may be needed with your own GP or specialist. Additionally, where your results require specialist interpretation you will be informed of this. Both private and public Doctors are required by the General Medical Council to operate within the bounds of their knowledge for your safety.
We are not always able to provide this service for children and minors (under the age of 18). Please email or phone us to check availability of service in the area.
Some samples have special handling requirements such as freezing or centrifuging and not all NUFFIELD Hospital locations will have a Laboratory and therefore the correct facilities to take the blood and prepare it in the correct manner for a dry ice courier (frozen samples sometimes have to be stored at -30c). Where we are informed by NUFFIELD Hospitals that your chosen location is not suitable for some of these specialist tests we will endeavor to give you other options so that we can process your pathology request.