Clinical biochemistry

The Clinical Biochemistry department provides a comprehensive biochemistry service to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and GPs in the Gateshead area.

The department offers a wide range of tests, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and is accredited by CPA (Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd).

What is Clinical Biochemistry?

Clinical Biochemistry is a division of Pathology generally responsible for the analysis of body fluids such as blood and urine.  The presence of an illness or disease can often be detected or confirmed by measuring substances that make up the body’s biochemistry.  Biochemistry tests are also used to monitor long term conditions such as diabetes and raised cholesterol levels.

Common Biochemistry measurements include:

  • Kidney function tests
  • Liver function tests
  • Lipids (cholesterol)
  • Hormones
  • Glucose and HbA1c
  • Drug monitoring 

What happens to your sample

When received into the Pathology department, all samples are receipted into the laboratory computer system. The sample should be labelled with the patient details and these are checked against the corresponding request form which also details which tests are required and which Doctor requested the test. The sample is then given a unique barcode and sent to the appropriate department depending on the test required.

The Clinical Biochemistry department receives over 1500 samples per day, with each sample often requiring several tests. To cope with this workload, automated Roche chemistry and immunoassay analysers that are capable of performing up to 1000 tests per hour are used. These analysers are linked to a Roche pre-analytical instrument that sorts and sends samples to the correct instrument based on the information provided by the unique barcode.

Other techniques are available in the laboratory for more specialised tests and include LCMS (liquid chromatography mass spectrometry) and electrophoresis.

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In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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