Toxicology Services at Heartlands Hospital

Toxicology Services at Heartlands Hospital

Founded in June 2013, the Department of Toxicology at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital offers a comprehensive analytical and interpretive service for the investigation of acute poisoning and health monitoring. This work is performed for both clinical and forensic purposes. This service utilises a range of chromatographic techniques, with and without mass spectrometry. This includes HPLC-DAD, GC-MS, LC-MS/MS and LC-QTof MS.

We also offer trace metal analysis by Inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) for a broad range of analytes in a variety of matrices.

The range of analysis offered by the Toxicology Laboratory may be found by clicking here or using the above search toolbar.

We have extensive research experience and have developed a number of bespoke assays for various analytes and offer collaborative research assay development.

For more information please bleep the duty toxicologist on 3289 or alternatively:

Dr Alex Lawson, Consultant Clinical Scientist and Forensic Toxicologist
Telephone: 0121 424 0870
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Miss Kate Rice, Senior Clinical Biochemist
Telephone: 0121 424 1392
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The toxicology laboratory is open from 9.00 a.m until 5.30 p.m Monday to Friday. It is closed during weekends and bank holidays. Out of hours clinical toxicological advice is available from toxbase ( Tel: 0844 892 0111). The duty biochemistry consultant may also be contacted out of hours regarding urgent laboratory queries (e.g. in cases of urgent ethylene glycol measurement being required).

Samples for toxicological analysis are retained for a period of 1 month for clinical samples or 3 months for forensic samples. If any additional analysis are required on these samples, please contact the laboratory using the contact details above.

If you wish to send samples for analysis please use the following address:

FAO Dr Alex Lawson
Department of Toxicology
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Bordesley Green East
B9 5SS


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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.

For further test information, please visit the test database:

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235