The specialist sections of biochemistry provide a wide range of investigations performed by a variety of advanced methodologies and techniques. The investigations include protein analysis, steroid endocrinology, immunosuppressants, trace metals, molecular / genetic tests, a variety of tests by mass spectrometry and renal stone analysis. Satellite services for diabetic clinics, one stop clinic for downs screening and the intraoperative PTH service in theatres also form part of the service. Clinical and interpretive advice is available via the duty biochemist and consultant cover is available out of hours.
This service has SAS status for steroid endocrinology as well as lipid analysis for cardiac biomarkers which makes us a referral laboratory for many labs across the UK. Two EQA schemes are also run by the service with both national and international participants. Such services require a high degree of expertise and the service is supported by highly qualified, scientific and clinical staff spanning a combined experience of more than 100 years. We take great pride in the contribution we make towards patient care, development of new techniques as well as transferring skills and expertise to future scientists.