Referred Tests

Referred Tests

The following referred tests should be requested on a Haematology request form and the Department will make arrangements to send the sample on.

Abnormal Haemoglobinopathies

The Department offers a comprehensive haemoglobinopathy screening service, however occasionally samples are referred for further analysis or confirmatory testing. Laboratory staff will refer samples if appropriate.

Unidentified haemoglobin variants

Haematology Department
Haemoglobinopathy Laboratory
Central Middlesex Hospital
Acton Lane
NW10 7NS
High risk alpha thalassaemia
Molecular Haematology Department
John Radcliffe Hospital
Headley Way


Pyruvate Kinase

Pyruvate Kinase assays are referred to Hammersmith Hospital. Please discuss with a Consultant Haematologist prior to requesting this test.

Kings College Hospital,

Red Cell Centre,

Red Cell Protein Laboratory,

Blood Sciences Laboratory,

Ground Floor Bessemer Wing,

King’s College Hospital,

Denmark Hill,

London SE5 9RS


Positive Malaria Results

When a positive malaria result is obtained we are required to refer blood films to the Malaria Reference Laboratory.

London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
Keppel Street

Dye Binding Test for Hereditary Spherocytosis (EMA)


Dept Special Haematology,

Hammersmith Hospital,

Du Cane Rd

London W12 OHS



University College Hospital London
235 Euston Road
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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.

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