News & latest updates 2020

23 March 2020

Laboratory information relating to changes due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak will be published on a separate page:

Coronavirus: laboratory news and updates

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17 March 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For BSUH clinical procedures please go to the BSUH intranet page. The instructions for taking swabs and bloods to the lab in and out of hours, and for taking swabs for testing, can be downloaded here.

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9 March 2020

New reference ranges for platelet function studies.

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Updated TAT information for scrapings/ clippings for mycological investigation.

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2 March 2020

New reflex testing from 20th January 2020 for anti-drug antibody in infliximab and adalimumab testing.

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19 February 2020

New revision of 24h urine collection instructions, and new dietary restrictions leaflet for 5-HIAA and urine metadrenalines. Click here.

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18 February 2020

Update to Cellular Pathology and Cytopathology pages.

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Change of sample type for flecainide.

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3 February 2020

Addition of sample volume requirement to BCR-ABL.

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14 January 2020

New revisions of protocols for glucagon stimulation test for glycogen storage diseases, growth hormone response to oral glucose tolerance test, ischaemic forearm lactate & ammonia test, lactose tolerance test, pentagastrin test, short synacthen test, and water deprivation tests 1 to 3. No changes to procedures.See dynamic function tests.

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13 January 2020

Update to urine microbiology MSU sample information to reflect changes to collection kit.

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Addition of container requirements for calculi.

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8 January 2020


The cut-offs for fasting plasma glucose and haemoglobin A1c have been amended in line with the NHS Diabetes Prevention Programme.

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Change to TAT and sample containers for scrapings/ clippings for mycological investigation.

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Additions to factors affecting test performance/ results for serum sodium and potassium.

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7 January 2020

New revisions of protocols for insulin stress test, overnight dexamethasone suppression test, glucagon stimulation test and oral glucose tolerance test. No changes to procedures. See dynamic function tests.

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