Best Practice: Archiving, Storage, Biobanking of Human Tissue for Diagnostic Purposes

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to Southern District Health Board

Response to this request is long overdue. By law Southern District Health Board should have responded by now (details and exceptions). You can complain to the Ombudsman.

From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear DHB,

Request 1:
I am writing to request a copy of the your DHB's best practice protocol for the archiving, storage, or biobanking of human tissue for diagnostic purposes, whether they are formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides, and the standards, legislation or scientific evidence which provides the basis for your DHB's protocol.

Request 2:
Is your DHB protocol for the archiving, storage, or biobanking of human tissue for diagnostic purposes, whether they are formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides, based on a universally adopted standard within NZ or has your DHB determined its own policy.

Request 3:
Please explain the potential hazards of leaving formalin fixed, paraffin embedded or pathology slides in an unsecure, non-temperature and non-humidity regulated environment for 2 months over a NZ summer: say a on an employee's desk which is open to the public and in a repurposed house adjacent to the hospital from mid December to late February.

Request 4:
Please provide me with the name of the independent agency or agencies which provides oversight for your medical laboratory.

Thank you for your assistance in this matter. Please note, I have made this same request to every DHB in NZ in order to ascertain if there is a universal standard within NZ and also to determine if every DHB is familiar with the hazards associated with mishandling of pathology specimens.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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From: OIA
Southern District Health Board

Dear Amy,

Please accept this as an acknowledgement of your Official Information Act request below.

I will try to have a response to you on or before 22 April 2020. It should be noted that many of the key staff involved with the sourcing and preparation of material for your OIA request are also directly involved with worked associate with the COVID-19 response. This may impact on our ability to respond to your OIA request within normal timeframes.

Kind regards,
Yasmin

Yasmin Seymour, OIA Coordinator
Internal Ext: 55454 | DDI: 03 476 9454 | Email: [email address]
Southern District Health Board
Kind - Manaakitanga | Open - Pono | Positive - Whaiwhakaaro | Community - Whanaungatanga
Please note that my usual hours of work are Tues - Fri, 8.45am - 2.15pm

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From: OIA
Southern District Health Board


Attachment 1927 Amy Van Wey Lovatt 6.4.2020.pdf
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Dear Amy,

 

Attached is our response to your Official Information Act request 1927.

 

Kind regards,

Yasmin

 

Yasmin Seymour, OIA Coordinator

Internal Ext: 55454 | DDI: 03 476 9454 | Email:
[1][email address]

Southern District Health Board

Kind – Manaakitanga | Open – Pono | Positive – Whaiwhakaaro | Community -
Whanaungatanga

Please note that my usual hours of work are Tues - Fri, 8.45am - 2.15pm. I
am currently working from home.

 

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear OIA,

I would like to thank you for responding to my OIA request. Given that your DHB contracts out pathology services, I respectfully request that you transfer my request to the appropriate agency, pursuant to section 14 of the OIA.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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