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  • PTH Update

    PTH Update

    Item Author Craig Webster

    On Monday 9th November the method for the PTH assay at HEFT will change from the Roche assay to the Abbott Architect assay. Our comparisons have shown that the results from the Abbott method have a positive bias when compared against the Roche method so you should expect to see slightly higher results. We are therefore going to dual report PTH results for a period to allow transition of serially monitored patients and to establish new PTH baselines.

    New Reference Interval (Abbott): 1.6 – 7.2 pmol/L

    Previous Reference Interval (Roche): 1.6 - 6.9 pmol/L

    Note: there is no change to specimen handling instructions. EDTA plasma is still the recommended sample type. If you have any queries or comments please contact Craig Webster (Clinical Lead for Blood Sciences) by email or the Duty Biochemist on Bleep 2506.

    Note re accreditation status. This PTH assay is currently not on our UKAS accreditation scope.

    Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff. .

  • Update on Vitamin D analysis

    Update on Vitamin D analysis

    Item Author Craig Webster

    The vitamin D equipment is now fixed and operational. We have now started working through our backlog. We estimate that our backlog is approx 28 days. If you require any further infomation, please contact the laboratory.

  • Delay in Vitamin D Analysis

    Delay in Vitamin D Analysis

    Item Author Craig Webster

    Date of update: 14/9/2015

    We are experiencing a short delay in the processing and reporting of Vitamin D requests.

    We hope to have this situation resolved in the next week and will be working through our backlog as quickly as possible. We will keep updating the web site with our progress.

    This is due to problems with the equipment which we are working to resolve as soon as possible. 

    If you would like to discuss this further or expedite the measurement of request please contact the duty biochemist on bleep 2506 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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