The department of clinical parasitology serves as a national reference centre offering expert diagnosis, identification and advice on human parasites and the diseases they cause. The department services requests from users worldwide. In the UK these users include general practitioners, PHE and medical laboratories in the NHS and the independent sector.
We offer an extensive portfolio of diagnostic investigations including microscopy, culture, immunological and nucleic acid based procedures. This portfolio includes many specialist techniques not yet available to purchase through other commercial companies. A full list of these tests and the sample types analysed is available.
We constantly seek to develop, evaluate and advise upon new parasite diagnostic techniques, a role greatly facilitated by our extensive archive of diagnostic specimens that can be used in the validation and verification of assays. As part of this activity we seek to liaise with other diagnostic and research parasitology laboratories in the UK and overseas, so that best practice is shared globally.
We work with both the WHO and UKNEQAS. Recent collaborations include the development of the first CE marked LAMP based nucleic acid test for malaria with the Foundation for Innovative and New Diagnostics (FIND), the WHO-FIND malaria rapid diagnostics product testing programme, and the development of a molecular EQA scheme for malaria diagnosis with both WHO and UKNEQAS.
The department is accredited under Clinical Pathology Accreditation whilst transitioning to ISO 15189 under the programme of UKAS assessment schedules and also holds the IBMS pre- and post-registration training approval for completion of the IBMS Registration Portfolio and Specialist Diplomas as well as being.