News & latest updates 2019


4 December 2019

Temporary changes to mumps molecular testing due to supplier issues.

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3 December 2019

Blood film added.

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Update to out of hours clinical advice for Microbiology.

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18 November 2019

Update to gestational infections - diagnostic virology.

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13 November 2019

Update to UKAS accreditation statements.

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30 October 2019

Update to plasma viscosity and G6PD screen.

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29 October 2019

Update to blood mercury and addition of urine mercury.

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21 October 2019

Addition of turnaround time for faecal occult blood (FIT/FOB test).

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12 October 2019

From Monday 7 October, the first-line investigation for ANCA-associated vasculitis will be MPO and PR3 antibody. ANCA immunofluorescence will only be performed when MPO and PR3 antibody are positive, in line with international consensus guidelines.

See ANCA for details.

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New referral guidance for calprotectin (faeces) from 18/10/19.

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11 October 2019

Further updates to Virology/ Serology content.

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8 October 2019

Virology/ Serology amendments to upper/lower respiratory tract infection (diagnostic virology), legionellosis and cryptococcal antigen.

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7 October 2019

Amendment to sample type for methotrexate.

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From 23rd September 2019, changes at referral lab for infliximab and adalimumab are giving higher results - see listings for updated reference ranges.

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6 October 2019

New Virology/ Serology content added:

ACE (adenovirus/ CMV/ EBV) PCR, aspergillus / galactomannan testing, avian allergens (avian precipitins), beta-glucan antigen testing, BK virus, body fluid exposure – virology screening, Bordetella pertussis antibody, Chlamydia group serology (psittacosis), CMV (cytomegalovirus) serology, EBV (Epstein-Barr virus) serology, enterovirus detection, eye infection molecular detection, Farmer's lung, fungal allergens (fungal precipitins), gastroenteritis PCR, HCV resistance testing, Helicobacter antibody testing, hepatitis A serology, hepatitis B immunity / vaccination, hepatitis B serology & viral load testing, hepatitis C serology & viral load testing, hepatitis C virus core antigen serology, hepatitis delta (HDV) testing, hepatitis E (HEV) testing, Histoplasma antibody testing, HIV 1 proviral DNA testing, HIV serology, HIV viral load & resistance testing, HSV molecular detection, HTLV serology, human herpes 8 (HHV8) serology, JC virus testing, Lyme serology (borreliosis), measles serology, meningococcal & pneumococcal detection, mumps serology, Mycoplasma & Ureaplasma PCRMycoplasma genitalium detectionMycoplasma pneumoniae serology, parvovirus B19 serology. Q fever, rabies serology, rubella serology, syphilis serology, toxoplasma (toxoplasmosis), tropical parasite serology, tropical virus serology, vaccine immunity testing, VZV (varicella-zoster virus) serology, Whipple Disease molecular detection.

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30 September 2019

Update to G6PD screen.

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29 September 2019

Updates to Chlamydia trachomatis/ Neisseria gonorrhoeae test, genital ulcer - diagnostic virology and baseline serology for Haematology/Oncology patients.

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25 September 2019

Addition of BD neonatal tube information to sample requirements.

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23 September 2019

Update to procalcitonin turnaround time, and addition of clinical cut-offs. revision 2019.057

10 September 2019

Amendment to heparin assay (Anti-Xa) - Danaparoid (Orgaran) no longer routinely in use.    revision 2019.056
New links added on dropdown menus to full test listings in Biochemistry & Immunology, Haematology & Transfusion, and Microbiology & Infection. revision 2019.055
Test information added to Kleihauer test. revision 2019.054

3 September 2019

Updates to haematology contact numbers.

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Pathology Ordering and Results System (ICE) – Scheduled Downtime 8th September 2019

The BSUH Pathology and Radiology Ordering and Results System (ICE) will be unavailable on the Sunday 8th September 2019 between 13:00 and 17:00 for an essential maintenance upgrade.

Please note the BSUH Pathology Laboratories and Radiology will be operating as usual, it is only ordering and looking up results that are impacted.

Where possible ordering and telephoning for results should be restricted to emergency cases.

During the downtime, users will need to follow their business continuity plan, i.e. BSUH ICE System Failure - revert to hand completion of request forms, for pathology results telephone the laboratory.

Radiology results can be accessed using PACS.

For further information please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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2 September 2019

Remove paediatric range for reticulocytes.

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27 August 2019

Amended turnaround times for potassium channel antibody, LGI1 and CASPR2.

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The Oxford Immunology referral laboratory have changed the method used to perform the western blot for neuronal antibodies as of 29th July 2019. Anti-Ma1 will no longer be reported and both Anti-Titin and Anti-Recoverin have been added to the panel. Results will now be reported as negative, equivocal or positive.

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13 August 2019

Sarah Bastow is the new Frontier Head of Service for Blood Sciences.

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Turnaround times for infliximab and adalimumab amended.

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23 July 2019

Update to levetiracetam sample type - default is now EDTA blood.

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23 July 2019  

Change to faecal occult blood (FIT) sampling with introduction of FIT kits.

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9 July 2019

Update of Environmental Microbiology Unit content.

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2 July 2019

Referrral laboratory has informed us of amended turnaround times for neuronal antibodies, potassium channel antibody, calcium channel antibody and MuSK antibody.

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Addition of HLA typing for disease association and T-Cell gene rearrangement

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1 July 2019

Addition of reference range sources for FBC, ESR, haemoglobinopathy screen and reticulocytes.

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Expansion of information on transporting samples via pneumatic pods to cover prohibited high risk samples.

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20 June 2019

The CTX assay is being discontinued in-house from the end of June 2019. The same sample will be used for the alternative bone marker procollagen I (P1NP) - if CTX is specifically required please contact the Duty Biochemist before sending the sample.

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19 June 2019

Due to equipment failure we currently have no in-house ethylene glycol or methanol service; samples will be sent to referral laboratories as necessary.

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18 June 2019

The live cell assay for NMDA receptor antibodies is not currently available.

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Addition of request for travel history to help aid diagnosis with malarial parasites.

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11 June 2019

Change to female alpha galactosidase cut off for Fabry screen.

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5 June 2019

Update to UKAS accreditaion information for Microbiology & Infection.

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4 June 2019

The Microbiology and Virology/Serology pages have been reviewed and updated as necessary to reflect current practice.

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29 May 2019

Change to CSF ACE reference range and units from 1.6.2019 due to change of provider at referral laboratory - new reference range will be 0 - 1.20 µM/min/L and the new turnaround time 14 working days.

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Change to 5-HIAA reference range from 1.6.2019 due to change of provider at referral laboratory - new reference range will be < 47 µmol/24h.

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21 May 2019

Lipoprotein (a) added.

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20 May 2019

Correction to lower limit of male CK range.

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Procollagen I (P1NP) added.

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8 May 2019

CART is no longer part of routine gut hormone profile. Please specify on request form if required.

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23 April 2019

Update of Histopathology page (referral laboratories, contacts).

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17 April 2019

Addition of instructions to CSF collection and CSF xanthochromia specifying need to deliver samples to Clinical Biochemistry immediately and importance of light-protection.

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15 April 2019

Correction to new selenium reference ranges.

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8 April 2019

Amended sample requirement for lupus anticoagulant and thrombophilia screen.

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2 April 2019

Paediatric (Tanner stage) ranges added to LH and FSH.

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26 March 2019

Instrinsic factor antibody is being done in-house.

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13 March 2019

Addition of sample collection information to sweat testing.

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Removal of outdated form for requesting access to pathology laboratories.

revision 2019.019

Sample/ supplies information added to electron micsoscopy content.

revision 2019.018

New chain of evidence form for SaSH users.

revision 2019.017

New email address for Pathlinks - Pathology IT content and downloads updated.

revision 2019.016

Update to Heparin-induced thrombocytopenia test

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5 March 2019

Addition of UKAS statement to Pathology home page, and associated update to general information.

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26-7 February 2019

New reference range for factor XIII (in-house from 1.3.19).

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Addition of reference range source to in-house coagulation tests: APTT ratio, coagulation factor assays, coagulation screen, D-dimers, lupus anticoagulant, PT inhibitor screen (50:50 mix), reptilase time, thrombin time, thrombophilia screen.

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25-26 February 2019

Updated reference ranges for referred metals: arsenic, copper (urine), manganese, mercury, selenium and thallium.

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25 February 2019

Addition of MPL mutation to site.

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21 February 2019

New ranges for von Willebrand avtivity.

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New revision of Instructions for Collecting Samples for Chain of Evidence Toxicology Analysis in Hospital Patients.

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11 February 2019

New reference range and turnaround time for lamotrigine due to changes at referral laboratory.

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6 February 2019

Down's, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome screening - update to second trimester screening content.

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5 February 2019

Update to selenium sample requirement - referral lab no longer accepts samples in gel-containing (gold cap) tubes.

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15 January 2019

Updates to interferences for AST and ALT (isoniazid and furosemide do not interfere), and B12 (hyperproteinaemic samples are not suitable).

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14 January 2019

Updates to lymphocyte subsets (B, T, NK cell counts) and CD4/8 counts (T lymphocyte subsets) revision 2019.003
Updates to ethylene glycol and methanol. revision 2019.002
Update to test information for voriconazole. revision 2019.001


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