From Monday 2nd October samples for Methotrexate measurement will be analysed in the Department of Clinical Chemistry at Heartlands Hospital rather than sent away to UHB.
By bringing this test in house we hope to provide better support for our clinical colleagues by turning around these very urgent samples within 4 hours.
Methotrexate analysis will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact the laboratory (41185 / 0121 424 1185) and ask to speak to a biomedical scientist or biochemist before sending a specimen to ensure that your sample is dealt with promptly.
**** There will be no change to specimen type or volume required***
The new assay is awaiting accreditation and will be assessed by UKAS against ISO 15189 standard at our next inspection in October.