These will measure levels of specific chemical components of body fluids required to assess or monitor the function/dysfunction of organs such as the heart, kidney, liver, thyroid etc.
Tests include blood glucose, electrolytes, enzymes, hormones, lipids (fats), other metabolic substances, and proteins.These tests are performed using fully automated and sophisticated equipment, able to handle high volumes, and make results available within a very short turnaround time.
We provide a comprehensive range of tests for the Biochemistry investigation of patients.We also offer specialist tests aimed for internal and external customers.
We aim to provide the highest quality of service with prompt delivery of accurate results, backed up by specialist medical and scientific expertise.
Where specific tests are not available locally, we will refer samples on to colleagues in other centres. The quality of all our work is regularly and frequently monitored in National Quality Control Schemes (UKNEQAS).
The department offers a comprehensive Drugs of Abuse screening service whilst the Electrophoresis (EPS) section deals with the assessment of abnormal protein fractions such as those seen in plasma cell dyscrasia, A1AT deficiency, anaemia and acute phase reactions. The EPS lab is a tertiary service provider for CDT (alcohol abstinence) and ALP-isoenzymes assay (assessment of bone and liver disease) whilst the LC.MS laboratory has extensive experience with a range of novel biomarkers such as: Vitamin D3/D2, Ethyl glucuronide (EtG)/ Ethyl Sulphate (EtS).
Vitamin B12 deficiency can be better assessed by measurement of methylmalonic acid which is recognised as the primary marker.
The dept also offers an Infectious serology screening (inc.Occupational Health) and a busy Chromatography laboratory, developing new assay's to help fight the growing Antimicrobial resistance of Bacteria like Mycobacterium spp and MRSA, offering tests for therapeutic drug monitoring of Teicoplanin and Rifampacin.
The testing of fat soluable vitamins A & E are available to support the bariatric surgery department.
More specialised investigations may be referred to other laboratories elsewhere in the UK. These are more costly and may have particular sample requirements. Turnaround times for results are variable and may be several weeks in some cases. Prior discussion with senior members of staff may be advisable if requesting such investigations.
Please seek advice on selecting appropriate biochemical investigations, interpretation of results and specialist advice on, or involvement in any research involving biochemical testing with the provided links. Further guidance on sample requirements, turnaround times and referral centres may be accessed from the online Biochemistry test directory.
If Clinical advice is required out of hours then the on-call Consultant Biochemist can be contacted via switchboard.