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  • Notification of change: Measurement of Methotrexate

    Item Author Emma Evans

    From Monday 2nd October samples for Methotrexate measurement will be analysed in the Department of Clinical Chemistry at Heartlands Hospital rather than sent away to UHB.

    By bringing this test in house we hope to provide better support for our clinical colleagues by turning around these very urgent samples within 4 hours.

    Methotrexate analysis will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please contact the laboratory (41185 / 0121 424 1185) and ask to speak to a biomedical scientist or biochemist before sending a specimen to ensure that your sample is dealt with promptly.

    **** There will be no change to specimen type or volume required***

    The new assay is awaiting accreditation and will be assessed by UKAS against ISO 15189 standard at our next  inspection in October.

  • Delay in Renin Analysis

    Item Author Craig Webster

    Dear Colleague,

    Ref: Notification of delay in measurement of Renin mass

    We have been experiencing supply and quality issues with the kits we use for the determination of Renin Mass. This has led to a back log of samples. Therefore, there will be a delay in reporting of results.

    After working with our supplier, we have kits on order that should allow us to work through this backlog and we should be able to start reporting results by the end of next week (10th Of November)

    We have samples stored safely and if any are required urgently we can prioritise analysis or send on to another laboratory.

    Please accept our apologies and If you would like any further information please contact Craig Webster or Joanne Duffy


    Best Wishes

  • Update on Blood Films

    Item Author Craig Webster

    Blood smears are normally spread and stained using a process on an automated platform which has been accredited to ISO 15189 standards with UKAS. In the event of analyser failure blood smears are manually spread and stained using manual techniques which has been validated against the automated method but is not yet accredited by UKAS. This does not affect the interpretation of the morphology.

  • Notification of changes to Histology Staining

    Item Author Craig Webster

    Haematoxylin and eosin platform change.

    We are changing our platform for the haematoxylin and eosin stain used for all routine histopathology cases to the Roche HE600 platform from Monday 4th September 2017. This is to allow us to improve the workflow and traceability of reagents used.

    The existing platform will remain in use as contingency and for macro slide staining.

    During slide review at MDT meetings you may notice a difference in the tone of the staining.
    This new platform will be assessed by UKAS against ISO 15189 standards at our next annual inspection in October.

    For further information about this change please contact the department on 0121 424 3188 and ask to speak to a senior member of staff.

  • HbA1c Analysis Affected by Extreme Environmental Factors

    Item Author Joanne Duffy

    Over the weekend of 8-9 July 2017 there was a failure of the air conditioning in the laboratory that performs HbA1c analysis. As a result the samples were exposed to unprecedented temperatures that ultimately affected the stability of the glycated haemoglobin in these samples.

    These samples have unfortunately had to be deemed unsuitable for analysis.

    We apologies for the inconvenience to anyone affected by this incident and have put steps in place to prevent this happening again.

    If you have any further queries about this incident, please don’t hesitate to contact us.