Blood Sciences

17
October
2016

Faecal Calprotectin and Local IBS Guidelines

Faecal Calprotectin (FCAL) is a protein that is released into the intestines in excess when there is any inflammation. Many people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) have unnecessary invasive hospital investigations before their condition is diagnosed. Use of FCAL testing may lead to a reduction in the number of investigations being requested for people with a high likelihood of an IBS diagnosis. This will:

• Improve the patient experience for those with IBS and reduce the number of patients undergoing invasive procedures within secondary care.

• Reduce outpatient referrals into secondary care.

• Increase the numbers accessing rapid diagnosis for IBS/IBD.

• Improve pathways for the management of IBS.

• Provide a structured programme to aid decision making in primary care.

 

Categories: Clinical Advice, Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

14
September
2015

Delay in Vitamin D Analysis

Delay in Vitamin D Analysis

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.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

29
May
2014

Change to Thyroid requesting

Change to Thyroid requesting

As of 27th May 2014 TSH only will be the frontline test for investigating Thyroid function. If the TSH is <0.35 mU/L or >4.9 mU/L a fT4 will be automatically added on to the request. If the TSH is <0.1 mU/L fT3 will also be added. The reason for this is to encourage more appropriate use of the thyroid tests. If you have any queries or concerns please contact the duty biochemist (bleep 2506).

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

04
March
2014

PTH Update

PTH Update

From 27th February 2014 we will be resuming a PTH service from Heartlands using the Roche intact PTH assay (iPTH).  It is difficult to directly compare results determined from the previous Abbott assay to the Roche assay as the Abbott method had a significant positive bias with respect to Roche, therefore you should expect slightly lower results now.  The reference range for iPTH on the Roche assay is 1.6-6.9 pmol/L. 

 

Analysis will be batched daily, Monday-Friday.  As previously plasma from EDTA samples is the preferred sample type.  If there is a need for an urgent PTH the current process of contacting the duty biochemist/duty consultant will continue and the urgent pathway implemented. If there are any queries clinicians should contact the duty biochemist/duty consultant.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

15
September
2015

Update on Vitamin D analysis

update: 15/09/2015

Update on Vitamin D analysis

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.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

10
June
2014

Notification of changes to CA19-9

On Wednesday 11th June the method for the CA19-9 assay at HEFT will change from the Siemens Immulite assay to the Roche assay. Our comparisons have shown that the results are comparable in most cases; however, there were some samples which did show a poor correlation.  We are therefore going to dual report results for a period to allow transition of serially monitored patients to the new CA199 assay.

Further more detailed information is available on request. If you have any queries or comments please contact Craig Webster (Clinical Lead for Blood Sciences) by email or ext 42930.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry

29
May
2014

Laboratory Information System Migration

Laboratory Information System Migration
In order to bring systems in line with the restructured laboratory services the Laboratory Medicine directorate will be migrating to new Laboratory Information System Databases for Blood Sciences and Microbiology.
 
The migration is due to commence at 8am Monday 2nd June.
 
No downtime is anticipated but there may be some temporary disruption as the migration progresses.
 
The Blood Sciences System will replace what is currently the separate disciplines of Chemistry, Haematology and Immunology as a single department. As such the ICE Reporting System will display reports as Blood Sciences (Orange highlighting).

Categories: Blood Sciences, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Biochemistry, General

14
February
2014

Important Notice re PTH analysis

Abbott Diagnostics withdraws PTH assay with Immediate Effect

Important Notice re PTH analysis
Dear Colleague,

Product Recall: Parathyroid hormone (PTH) test

Abbott Laboratories who supply our major laboratory biochemistry analysers and the reagents for the majority of the tests we run on these machines, have issued a global product recall for their parathyroid hormone (PTH) test. We received an initial warning of this recall by phone on 13th February and written confirmation and further details this morning. We have been instructed to stop using their PTH assay immediately and destroy our current stocks of reagent.

Written by: Craig Webster Categories: Blood Sciences, Biochemistry