The reason for setting up this site is simple. After 30 years working in a medical research lab I became convinced that access to samples from patients is essential for the development of new ways of diagnosing and treating diseases.

Working with patients and their relatives it also became clear that many of you are very keen to donate but that you sometimes find the consent process confusing and a little daunting.

The aim of the site is to provide some background information to help you decide.

I would like to add to and improve the site so please do fill in a feedback form, complete an online survey or e-mail me on

With my thanks and best wishes 

Andy Hall

A small charity has been established to support the future development of the givemysample website.  If you would like to donate please use the link below