Pre- and Post- Analytical Phases of Testing (PPAW)

The ‘Pre- en Postanalytische Werkzaamheden’ (PPAW) department has ten Blood collection stations, a Messenger Service and a Distribution Center.

This department is since june 2016, NEN-EN-ISO 15189:2012 accredited under the ‘Raad voor Accreditatie’ (RvA) registration number M297, for the actions described in the scope:

The pre-analytical phase includes preparing the patient for material collection for lab analysis, based on the analyses that are requested. The post-analytical phase can be described as the reporting of the results after such analysis.

Blood sample collection

A family doctor, obstetrician, specialist, nursing home, mental institution, rehabilitation center, can all refer you to ADC for blood, urine or stool collection. You can visit one of the ten blood collection stations. All you need is your application form, insurance card and a valid ID. Blood Glucose and Cholesterol tests require fasting. This is not needed for other tests.


Blood (Drawing) Station

When visiting one of our stations for blood collection, you must bring an insurance card and a valid ID (Driver’s License, Passport or Identification Card). We want to make sure we test the right patient.

Blood tests, pap tests, stool samples, urine, or other inquiries are welcome at the blood station closest to your location. The clerk or nurse will provide helpful information for stool or urine analysis. At least one of the ten ADC stations is close to where you live or near your doctor.

There is no need to make an appointment for blood tests. Look for the opening hours of Blood drawing stations in your neighborhood (hyperlink).

Upon arrival, you must take a number and sit in the waiting room. When it’s your turn, the employee behind the counter will ask for your personal information such as name, address, and date of birth. Blood will be drawn from inside the elbow.

Blood sample Collection from Home

Homebound patients who have a medical condition that impedes them from accessing the blood collection station, should have their doctor request a home visit from our home blood collection services. We ask you to keep your insurance card, valid ID and the bottom strip (for Deep Vein Thrombosis) ready.

For blood collection from home, you can make an appointment, by calling ADC at 434-5070 or 434-5071, upon request of your general practitioner or specialist. The helpdesk is available on working days from 7:30am to 17.00pm (Monday-Thursday) and till 16.30 pm on Fridays.

For blood collection that requires fasting, the nurse will visit your home between 07:00am and 10:00am to collect blood. For blood collection that does not require fasting, you can expect the staff between 07:00am to 14:00pm. Please make sure you are home, on the assigned day.

Waiting Hours

We keep our waiting hours as short as possible at ADC. There is a chance you may have to wait a little in the morning as preference is given to schoolchildren, elderly patients who have difficulty standing or babies. ADC appreciates your understanding in these situations.

Messenger Service

Our messenger service transports the collected material in a carrying case to the laboratory under the right temperature conditions, assuring the material arrives swiftly at the right department. The departments are: Clinical Chemistry and Hematology (KCH), Medical Microbiology (MMB), Pathology, Water Lab: Microbiological & Chemical Testing, Molecular Diagnostics or Toxicology, and Drug Research. The messenger service also ensures that the results are delivered to the applicant if they are (still) not making use of the online system to view test results. The messengers leave ADC Vredenberg starting from 07.30 AM to collect all material and to deliver results. The last pickup shift starts at 15:30 PM.

Distribution Center

Collected materials are taken to the distribution center. There, our team verifies if the collected material corresponds to what is requested on the application form. The patient’s name, date of birth and expiration date on the insurance are also checked. If everything checks out, all tubes and jars are divided, sorted and labeled to be dispatched to the relevant departments within the ADC