On The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine Website, you can:

  • Find out more information about each of the departments in the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine;
  • Access a list of contacts for each department of the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine;
  • Search for a test in the Test Database. Here you will be able to find out more information about any test that is offered by the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine (see below);
  • Find out the opening hours of the Labs;
  • Find out the location of the Hospitals and how to get to them;
  • Find out further information for patients about certain tests;
  • Find out the Reference ranges for the tests offered by the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine;
  • Get help for filling out the request forms;

To find information about each of the departments within the Directorate of Laboratory Medicine, click the corresponding button on the left hand side of the page under the "Main Menu" title.

To search for a test; you can either click on the "test database" link at the top of the page (below the header) and then click the "click here to search for tests" link, or click the "test database" button on the left hand side of the page to take you straight to the database search page.

Once at the test database search page you can type in the name of the test (or a term associated with the test) and then click the search button to search the database for that particular test. Once you have clicked search, you will get a results page, click on the link that is most appropriate for the test you require, this will then take you to the test database page for that particular test. Examples of a couple of the most common searches are shown below:

  • How to search:

Figure 1 shows the search page.

Figure 2 shows the search reults page

  • The Test for Sodium levels.

Figure 3 shows the Test Database page for the test for Sodium levels.

As you can see the Test Database page shows the sample types that the test can be performed on, the volume required, the department in which the test is performed, the turnaround time, the reference range, an overview of the test, any other comments about the test, any patient preparation required and also whether the Lab Participates in EQA Scheme.

  • The Full Blood Count.

Figure 4 shows the test database page for the FBC. As you can see again, the test database page shows useful information about the test.

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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
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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