Preferred Sample Type

Haemosiderin (urinary)
20mls if possible

Turnaround Time

24 hours (excluding weekends)

Sample Stability

Not verified. Transport to laboratory within 4 hours of collection to minimise bacterial growth

Haemosiderin (urinary)

General Information

Haemosiderinuria is a valuable sign of intravascular haemolysis. Its demonstration in urine is by the Perl’s Prussian Blue staining reaction followed by morphological inspection of the deposit.

An early morning sample is essential to achieve maximum sensitivity. Samples taken at other times will be less concentrated and may thus yield falsely negative results.

Patient Preparation

Early morning urine taken into a plain plastic universal


This investigation is not accredoted to ISO 15189 standard

Reference Range

Not Applicable


  • EQA Scheme?: Yes
  • EQA Status: NEQAS

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