Every twelve months, The Centre will write to you to ask if continued storage is required.
If you wish the samples to be destroyed, the unit will require a written confirmation of this request, preferably in the patient’s or legal guardians own hand.
It is your responsibility to ensure in writing that we are kept informed of any change in address if continued storage is expected. Failure to keep regular yearly contact with the unit may result in the samples being discarded.
Please note that failing to respond to the Trust’s communications or paying the annual storage fee will also result in your sample being discarded.
In the event of your death we are legally obliged to discard all samples stored in our Centre unless your consents state otherwise.
The unit operates a bring forward system, which will alert the centre in good time that particular samples are about to reach the end of the statutory or agreed period of storage.
We will try to make all reasonable effort to contact you but it is also your responsibility to ensure that you take a responsible and proactive approach to your stored material and renew or discard your samples as required.