Pathology @ Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals

For a list of our accredited tests please visit the UKAS Website

Directorate News

  • Change to Haematology Reference Ranges

    Following an exercise to re-assess the reference ranges for FBC parameters, these will be changing on Monday 7th November . These will be updated in Clinical Portal, PICS and ICE. Please follow the link for a copy of the new ranges

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  • Haemoglobinopathy Update

    Haemoglobinopathy Update

    Please be advised that the TOSOH G8 analyser that performs Haemaglobinopathy screening has been upgraded and replaced with TOSOH G11 analysers and therefore this test now falls outside of our scope of accreditation to ISO 15189:2012 as assessed by UKAS.  UKAS have been informed and assessment of the upgraded instrumentation will take place in the upcoming UKAS assessment in December 2022.

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  • Lymphocyte proliferation studies at Birmingham heartlands

    Due to equipment failure we are temporarily unable to offer Lymphocyte proliferation studies and T-Spot Tb assays.

    If IGRA assay for TB is required please refer to 

    Quantiferon Plus Interferon gamma release assay for TB (heftpathology.com)

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  • Update on Special Coagulation Assays - ADAMTS-13 / Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia Screen

    Please note request forms have been updated for ADAMTS-13 and Heparin Induced Thrombocytopenia (HIT) Screen. They can be found in the Downloads page or in a link from the Test Database section. These tests are performed at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Haematology Laboratory.

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  • Update to Malaria Antigen Testing Kit

    Due to supply issues there has been a change to the manufacturer of our malaria antigen kits effective from 26/08/2022 . The new test kit has been verified and awaiting ISO accreditation at our next UKAS visit between November - December 2022.

    Please note  this test currently is not UKAS accredited

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  • Update to Diphtheria antibody testing service

    Update to Diphtheria antibody testing service

    As of 10th November 2021 we are no longer offering a Diphtheria antibody testing service.

    Currently all outstanding samples received but not reported have been stored. These samples can be returned to the requesting laboratory if required. Please contact the laboratory by telephone (0121 4241705) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) providing sample details and a return address/contact.

    Any future samples received may only be stored for a limited time period, so we would advise arranging direct transport to alternative referral laboratories if required to avoid delay.

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation 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 test information, please visit the test database: http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

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

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