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Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

Written by Craig Webster on Friday, 20 September 2013. Posted in Microbiology, General

The PHE Public Health Laboratory Birmingham (at Heartlands Hospital) are changing the type of sample tubes required for urines sent for microscopy, culture and sensitivity testing (M,C&S)

Urines for M,C&S – Change of Sample Tubes

What are the new urine sample tubes like?

  • The new tubes are smaller and have a 10ml capacity.
  • They will still be available in both a “red top” boric acid containing version and plain “white top” version.

From Saturday May 25th the Weekend Phlebotomy service at Boots has transferred back to Solihull Hospital

Written by Craig Webster on Monday, 10 June 2013. Posted in General

From Saturday May 25th the Weekend Phlebotomy service at Boots has transferred back to Solihull Hospital

From Saturday May 25th the Phlebotomy service at Boots has transferred back to Solihull Hospital into the new expanded facility. Access is via the South entrance and is signposted.

  • Saturday 8.30 – 12.00
  • Sunday 10.30 – 13.30

Prolactin Assay Change

on Wednesday, 20 March 2013. Posted in Biochemistry, General

The prolactin assay will be changing in the next few weeks. This is because it has been re-standardised by the manufacturer.

The new assay gives results approximately 25% lower than what is currently reported. 

Change in Albumin Assay from 29/10/2012

on Monday, 29 October 2012. Posted in Biochemistry

Change in Albumin Assay from 29/10/2012

The way we measure Albumin will change from 29/10/2012. We will be changing to an assay based on bromocreosol purple from our current assay based on bromocreosol green. The new assay is more specific for albumin allowing us to report more accurate albumin results.

Most users will see no difference in the results we report. 

If you have any questions about any potential affects this change may have please contact teh duty biochemist on bleep 2506 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

HPA Birmingham Newsletter: Spring 2012

on Friday, 27 June 2014. Posted in Microbiology

Please find the Spring edition of the HPA Birmingham Newsletter here

New Testosterone Assay - For use in males

on Tuesday, 30 July 2013. Posted in Biochemistry

New Testosterone Assay - For use in males

The testosterone assay for male patients will be changing the week starting 5th August 2013. This is due to a re-formulation of the reagent by the manufacturer. There will be a change in the reference post-change:

4.9 – 32.0 nmol/L

A comment will be appended to all reports for a short period of time once the assay change has occurred.

Persistently Elevated LFTs and What to Do

Written by Craig Webster on Tuesday, 02 April 2013. Posted in Biochemistry

Persistently Elevated LFTs and What to Do

A podcast on the interpretation of LFTs

EDTA Tube required for PTH analysis

on Wednesday, 23 January 2013. Posted in Biochemistry

EDTA Tube required for PTH analysis

EDTA tubes are now the only accepted tube type for PTH analysis

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