Pathology Handbook

Test directory - H index

Test Name

Sample Type

Container

Laboratory

Haemoglobinopathy screen (ante-natal)

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Haematology

Haemoglobinopathy screen (not antenatal)

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Haematology

Haemoglobin S (sickle) screen

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Haematology

Haptoglobin

Serum

Yellow Top

Clinical Biochemistry

HbA1c

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Clinical Biochemistry

HCG (tumour marker)

Serum

Yellow Top

Clinical Biochemistry

HCG (?ectopic)

Serum

Yellow Top

Clinical Biochemistry

HDL Cholesterol

Serum

Yellow Top

Clinical Biochemistry

Helicobacter pylori antibody

Not routinely available: see helicobacter pylori antigen

Microbiology

Helicobacter pylori antigen

Faeces

White Capped Universal

Microbiology

Heparin monitoring (APTT)

Whole blood

Blue Top (Citrate)

Haematology

Hepatitis A immunity (antibody detection)

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis A serology (IgM antibody)

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis B antibody

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis B core antibody

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis B immunity

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis B surface antigen

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis B DNA

Whole Blood

Purple Top (EDTA)

Microbiology

Hepatitis C antibody

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

Hepatitis D investigation

Not routinely available: contact lab for advice

Microbiology

Hepatitis E investigation

Not routinely available: contact lab for advice

Microbiology

Hepatitis G investigation

Not routinely available: contact lab for advice

Microbiology

Herpes simplex detection

Viral swab in transport medium

Microbiology

HIAA

24hr Urine

Acidified 24hr urine 

Clinical Biochemistry

Hib Antibodies

Serum

Gold Top (SST)

Microbiology

High vaginal swab

Swab

Bacterial Culture Swab (Blue)

Microbiology

Histology

Tissue Sample

Pot containing 10% formal saline

Cellular Pathology

Histone Antibodies

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Immunology

HIV pro-viral DNA

Whole blood

Purple Top (EDTA tube)

Microbiology

HIV testing

Serum

Red Top (Plain)

Microbiology

HIV viral load

Whole blood

Pearl Top (PPT)

Microbiology

HLA typing

Special tube

Transfusion

Homocysteine (for homocystinuria)

Plasma

Green Top (Heparin)

Clinical Biochemistry

Homocysteine (for thrombotic tendency)

Plasma

LemonTop (EDTA)

Clinical Biochemistry

VMA/HVA

Urine (spot)

White Top Universal

Clinical Biochemistry