The Biochemistry Department offers general chemistry and hormone testing for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. The laboratory offers a 24 hour 7 day service to the hospital and a routine service to local GPs. The service includes analysis and advice on interpretation and further investigation.
The laboratory reports almost 2 million tests a year most of which are carried out on highly automated equipment at the Whittington. More specialised investigations may be sent to reference laboratories – mostly in London though some samples are sent as far as Liverpool and Newcastle.
The department is UKAS accredited to ISO15189:2012 with an expiry date of 31/08/2022.
For information about tests that are covered in this scope please refer to Whittington Health Schedule of Accreditation.
Further information on laboratory testing is available at http://www.labtestsonline.org.uk
The Haematology department offers a wide range of investigations including cellular haematology, coagulation, blood transfusion and haemoglobinopathy studies. More specialised investigations such as cell-markers and thrombophilia screens are sent to appropriate specialist laboratories.
Range of services
Investigation into areas such as:
- Renal (kidney) and liver function tests
- Cholesterol and other lipids
- Diabetes diagnosis and monitoring
- Bone minerals and hormones
- Thyroid function testing
- Reproductive hormones
- Cardiac markers (used in the diagnosis of heart disease)
- Tumour markers (used in monitoring some cancers)
- Community sickle cell and thalassaemia service
- Deferiprone treatment for iron overload
- Desferal at home for red cell patients
- Desferal treatment for iron overload
- Exjade treatment for iron overload
- Glucose 6 Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) Deficiency - A parents guide
- Glucose 6 phosphate dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency - A patients guide
- Hereditary spherocytosis
- Hydroxycarbamide (hydroxurea) for teenagers
- Incentive spirometry for adult patients with sickle cell disease
- Medications, vaccinations and travel with sickle cell - information for parents
- Medications, vaccinations and travel with sickle cell - information for patients
- Medications, vaccinations and travel with thalassaemia - information for parents
- Medications, vaccinations and travel with thalassaemia - Information for patients
- Preventing blood clots leaflet - A patients guide
- Sexual health, contraception and preparing for pregnancy
- Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia - A guide to services leaflet
- Sickle Cell disease and pregnancy
- Sickle cell disease in adulthood
- Sickle Cell Disease in Children
- Sickle cell home management action plan
- Thalassaemia syndromes and pregnancy
- Transition from paediatric to adult services for individuals with sickle cell disease