Serology is a blood test used to detect and measure the levels of antibodies against a microorganism. Bacteria and viruses (antigens) can stimulate the body’s immune system to produce antibodies during an active infection. The levels of antibodies present help the clinician to determine whether an infection is current, or happened some time ago.

Our serology laboratory tests mostly blood samples, but for some tests a urine or CSF sample is required. We test for blood-borne viruses such as HIV, Hepatitis B and C; we can check the immune status of vaccine preventable diseases such as Rubella and Hepatitis B Surface Antibody.


Operational Lead: Mrs Judith Workman

Clinical Lead: Dr Mike Kidd


A complete list of currently available assays can be found in the pathology test database.




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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:

  • 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:

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