Biochemistry

Clinical Biochemistry is involved in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease through analysis of bodily fluids such as blood, urine and CSF. The results of biochemical tests are vital in selecting the most appropriate management pathways, and providing the best possible care for patients.

Background

The Biochemistry Department offers a comprehensive service for its users, including analysis and interpretation of routinely requested tests; and a number of specialist services. The Department receives over 6000 requests and produces approximately 25 000 results during a normal working day.

The majority of tests are performed using automated analysers, although for some tests, a significant manual component is necessary. In addition, the Department is able to facilitate referral of samples to specialist laboratories for analysis.

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The department (9351) is UKAS accredited to ISO 15189:2012 to the scope identified on www.UKAS.com . All tests not identified on the defined schedule must be assumed to be unaccredited. Please contact the Clinical Biochemistry team for further details.

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The Department actively supports clinical research projects. It has an on-going research and development programme and has facilities to undertake molecular biological and cell culture techniques. Clinicians wishing to initiate research projects are invited to contact the Consultant Clinical Biochemist or Consultant Chemical Pathologist.

For general enquiries regarding clinical trials please email pathology.clinicaltrials@uhnm.nhs.uk.

Participation in clinical trials requiring clinical biochemistry analysis should be discussed with Dr Chris Duff, prior to commencement