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.
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: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/
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: http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235