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Serology

 

Serology is a blood test used to detect and measure the levels of antibodies against a microorganism. Bacteria and viruses (antigens) can stimulate the body’s immune system to produce antibodies during an active infection. The levels of antibodies present help the clinician to determine whether an infection is current, or happened some time ago.

Our serology laboratory tests mostly blood samples, but for some tests a urine or CSF sample is required. We test for blood-borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C; we can check the immune status of vaccine preventable diseases such as Rubella and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody.

 

Operational Lead: Mrs Judith Workman

Clinical Lead: Dr Ras Smit

 

A complete list of currently available assays can be found in the pathology test database.

 

 

 

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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so currently remain outside of our scope 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.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

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