Pathology Handbook

Clinical Biochemistry

Contacts

 

Phlebotomy appointments

01702 422555

For the following, dial 01702 435555, and then enter the relevant extension number

Results enquiries

5411

Clinical enquiries

7295

Head of Department and Consultant Biochemist:

Dr Sarah Mapplebeck

5438

Laboratory Manager:

Mr Paul Mackenzie

6613

Pathology Operational Manager:

Mrs Jill Elliott

5441

 

Working hours 

The laboratories provide a 24-hour service.  The level of service varies according to the  time of day: 

Weekdays (Mon-Fri)

09:00 - 17:30  Routine hours

17:30 - 09:00 essential work only (see below)

Weekends (Sat & Sun) & Bank holidays:

09:00 - 09:00 essential work only (see below)   

Out of hours Consultant Contact

Initial queries should be made to the duty BMS on call for the relevant discipline. If they cannot assist they will recommend the Consultant is contacted. Switchboard has a list of telephone numbers and pagers of consultants on duty.

Urgent tests 

GP urgent work

Please telephone the laboratory on ext6679 to arrange an urgently-required test. For clinical advice and interpretation please telephone the Duty Biochemist on ext7295.

The A&E department have special A&E red bags for red urgent samples - these are only for use in A&E.

For A&E and samples marked urgent we endeavour to have more than 90% of the results on essential tests available within 1 hour of receipt of the sample in  Pathology. All essential tests results should be available within 2 hours. Requests from A&E should be made using the symptom based protocols on ICE

Essential Biochemistry Test Library

  • U&E (Na, K, Urea, Creatinine)
  • Liver Profile (Total protein, albumin, ALT, alk phos, bilirubin)
  • Bone Profile (Calcium, albumin, alk phos, T.prot & corrected calcium)
  • Bicarbonate
  • Amylase
  • Blood Gases
  • Troponin T
  • Paracetamol
  • Phenytoin
  • Digoxin
  • BHCG
  • Phosphate
  • Glucose
  • CRP
  • PET (Uric acid & GGT) profile
  • Salicylate
  • Theophylline
  • Carbamazepine
  • Progesterone

Specimen labelling

Labelling of specimens:  Specimens will only be analysed if they are labelled in accordance with the sample labelling policy.

Retrospective tests

Up to 24 hours old  the following tests can be added:

Up to 48 hours old the following tests can be added:

Up to 5 days the following tests can be added:

Trop T

Urea & Electrolytes

Lipids

Glucose

Liver profile

TFTs

 

Bone Profile

LH/FSH/Prolactin

 

Digoxin

Cortisol

 

Oestrogen

Testosterone

 

DHAS

Progesterone

 

Amylase

Tumour Markers

 

Magnesium

 

 

Urate

 

Any tests that exceed the stated allowed time or are not included in the table must be discussed with the Duty Biochemist

Useful links 

Information on a range of pathology tests, for the professional and lay person is available at http://www.labtestsonline.org.uk/