Latest news from the Haematology Department

Withdrawal of MTHFR (C677T mutation) Assay

on Monday, 03 April 2023. Posted in Haematology

Following review of services offered across the haematology laboratories of University Hospitals Birmingham, the decision has been made to withdraw the MTHFR (C677T mutation) assay due to its limited clinical utility.

Change to HbA1C reporting in the presence of a Haemoglobin variant.

on Thursday, 16 March 2023. Posted in Homepage, Blood Sciences, Haematology, Biochemistry

Change to HbA1C reporting in the presence of a Haemoglobin variant.

Please be advised that the Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull laboratories will no longer be reporting the HbA1C result in the presence of a Haemoglobin variant after Monday 27th March 2023. This will standardise reporting across the UHB network and takes into account the advice from the NICE guidelines (NG28 - 1.6.3).
Please request a fructosamine for monitoring glycamic control for patients who have an abnormal haemoglobin type.

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.

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