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SaS LogoSUPRA-REGIONAL ASSAY SERVICE (SAS) FOR PEPTIDE HORMONES

The Peptide Hormones laboratory is part of the Supra-Regional Assay Service (www.sas-centre.org). The laboratory specialises in the investigation of hypoglycaemia and offers tests for the diagnosis of most endocrine and some metabolic causes of low blood glucose, including insulin, C-peptide, proinsulin, beta-hydroxybutyrate, oral hypoglycaemic agents, IGF-I, IGF-II, IGFBP-3 and IGFBP-2. The laboratory has considerable experience in the investigation of factious hypoglycaemia and with the handling of chain of custody samples.

The laboratory also has an interest in the investigation of growth disorders and the clinical utility of IGFs and their binding proteins.

The laboratory also runs the UK NEQAS Guildford Peptide Hormones scheme which includes the analytes; insulin, C-peptide, gastrin, IGF-I and IGFBP-3 (www.ukneqas.org.uk).

CONSULTANTS AND SENIOR STAFF

Dr G Wark, Consultant Clinical Scientist, Director of the SAS Peptide Hormones service

Dr C Livingstone, Consultant Chemical Pathologist, Deputy Director of the service

Mrs A Armstrong, Senior Clinical Scientist

Mr N J Porter, Biomedical Scientist 2

TECHNICAL & CLINICAL QUERIES

Telephone Number:         01483 406715

Fax Number:                  01483 464168   

LABORATORY WORKING HOURS

MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI -     0900 – 1730         

SAT, SUN, Bank Holidays -        No service

SAMPLE DESPATCH

Information regarding specimen and transportation requirements can be found in the test directory at https://www.berkshireandsurreypathologyservices.nhs.uk/default.aspx and www.assayfinder.com

SAS REQUEST FORM can be downloaded here: SAS Request Form (Word Format) or SAS Request form (PDF Format)

Samples can be sent to the laboratory by Royal Mail, Hays Dx and by courier. Patient samples should be labelled with three points of identification. All fields on the request form must be completed in full with patient first and last name, date of birth, sex and hospital/NHS number, sample type, date and time, the assay requested as well as requesting hospital name and address and your accession number. Please also provide full clinical details and drug history



POSTAL ADDRESS

SAS Peptide Hormones Section

Clinical Laboratory, Level B

Royal Surrey County Hospital

Egerton Road

Guildford

Surrey

GU2 7XX

Samples should be sent in packaging that is compliant with current postal regulations.