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  • Guidance on Testing for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria

    Guidance on Testing for Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria

    Item Author Mark Hill

    Paroxysmal Nocturnal Haemoglobinuria (PNH) is an acquired haematopoietic stem cell disorder resulting in a partial or total deficiency of proteins normally linked to cell membranes by a glycosylphosphatidylinositol (GPI) anchor. Classical features are;

    • intravascular haemolysis
    • bone marrow failure
    • thrombotic tendency
    • may also include abdominal pain, dysphagia, erectile dysfunction, renal failure, lethargy

    It can often go undiagnosed for months or even years. Flow cytometry can provide a definitive diagnosis.

    Click here for further guidance on PNH testing. Contact the laboratory on 0121 424 0704.

  • Turning off Hard Copy Reports

    Turning off Hard Copy Reports

    Item Author Craig Webster

    As you will be aware, laboratory reports are sent to your Practice both by electronic transfer and in hard copy form. The Directorate has received several requests to cease printing and sending hard copy reports as they have limited value with the current electronic systems in place. Unfortunately, until recently, it has not been possible to prevent the printing of hard copy reports to individual locations. We are pleased to inform you that technical advancements now make this possible.

  • TB Genomics Service Pilot Project

    Item Author Clare Overton Lewis

    PHE Birmingham are launching our TB Genomics Service pilot project next month.

    Background

    • In the last 10-months we have participated in an eight-centre international collaboration study on TB Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) led by Oxford which has used DNA extracted from MGIT. 
    • The Oxford led project is a feasibility study on the use of WGS in TB diagnosis, resistance profiling and epidemiological mapping of outbreaks. During this Feasibility study, working with our colleagues at Oxford, DNA extraction and MiSeq sequencing methodologies have been established at Heartlands. Raw sequence data has been shared with Oxford through a cloud setup and analysis reports (on mycobacterial species identity, drug resistance predictions and strain typing) received within 48 hours of the raw data being uploaded.

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This handbook encompasses all disciplines of Laboratory Medicine at Birmingham Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope Hospitals. It has been designed to provide the busy general practitioner and hospital doctor more readily available information regarding our services. 

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