Latest news from the Immunology Department

Lymphocyte proliferation studies at Birmingham heartlands

on Thursday, 17 March 2022. Posted in Homepage, Immunology

Due to equipment failure we are temporarily unable to offer Lymphocyte proliferation studies and T-Spot Tb assays.

If IGRA assay for TB is required please refer to 

Quantiferon Plus Interferon gamma release assay for TB (

Notification of Change: Change of analyser for Serum Free Light Chain, Immunoglobulin Subclasses and C1 Esterase inhibitor assays

on Friday, 27 April 2018. Posted in Immunology

In order to improve the service to our users we have upgraded the analyser used to run the following assays, Serum free light chains, Immunoglobulin subclasses and C1 esterase inhibitor. These were previously run on the Binding Site SPA analyser, which we have replaced with the Binding Site OPTILITE analyser, A full verification of the change has been performed. There are no changes to the reference ranges used for these analytes and the analysers both utilise the same methodology. However, these assays now lie outside our scope of accreditation as assessed by UKAS. UKAS have been informed of the change and will assess the assays on the new analyser as an extension to scope of our accreditation at our next inspection in October 2018. This is normal procedure when changing analyser platforms.

Action to Be Taken on Finding a New Monoclonal Protein in a Patient

Written by Steve Rimmer on Wednesday, 19 November 2014. Posted in Immunology

Action to Be Taken on Finding a New Monoclonal Protein in a Patient

New guidance on action to take on finding a monoclonal protein can be found here.

Update to Diphtheria antibody testing service

on Wednesday, 10 November 2021. Posted in Homepage, Immunology, General

Update to Diphtheria antibody testing service

As of 10th November 2021 we are no longer offering a Diphtheria antibody testing service.

Currently all outstanding samples received but not reported have been stored. These samples can be returned to the requesting laboratory if required. Please contact the laboratory by telephone (0121 4241705) or email (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) providing sample details and a return address/contact.

Any future samples received may only be stored for a limited time period, so we would advise arranging direct transport to alternative referral laboratories if required to avoid delay.

Laboratory Information System Migration

on Thursday, 29 May 2014. Posted in Blood Sciences, Microbiology, Cellular Pathology, Haematology, Immunology, Biochemistry, General

Laboratory Information System Migration
In order to bring systems in line with the restructured laboratory services the Laboratory Medicine directorate will be migrating to new Laboratory Information System Databases for Blood Sciences and Microbiology.
The migration is due to commence at 8am Monday 2nd June.
No downtime is anticipated but there may be some temporary disruption as the migration progresses.
The Blood Sciences System will replace what is currently the separate disciplines of Chemistry, Haematology and Immunology as a single department. As such the ICE Reporting System will display reports as Blood Sciences (Orange highlighting).

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:

Protection of personal information - Laboratory Medicine comply with the Trust Data Protection policy and have procedures in place to allow the Directorate and its employees to comply with the Data Protection act  1998 and associated best practice and guidance.

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