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Immunology Overview

 About Us

The Immunology laboratory is UKAS ISO:15189 accredited (laboratory reference 9718) and offers a comprehensive test repertoire for the immunological investigation of patients. The four main areas covered are: Allergy, Autoimmunity, Cellular Immunology and Immunochemistry. Tests that are not covered by our service will be referred to other accredited specialist immunology laboratories. If samples have been referred to external laboratories for testing, this will be indicated on the report. Contact details for referral laboratories are shown under the heading Referral Laboratories.

Quality Policy

The Immunology department is committed to:

Staff recruitment, training, development and retention at all levels to provide a full and effective service to its users.

The proper procurement and maintenance of such equipment and other resources as are needed for the provision of the service and to comply with relevant environmental legislations.

The safe collection, transport and handling of all specimens in such a way as to ensure the correct performance of laboratory examinations.

The use of examination procedures that will ensure the highest achievable quality of all tests performed.

Reporting results of examinations in ways which are timely, confidential, accurate and clinically useful.

The assessment of user satisfaction, in addition to internal audit and external quality assessment, in order to facilitate continuous quality improvement.

Services Available

The Immunology department provides a comprehensive range of allergy, autoimmunity, immune deficiency and immunochemistry tests.

The full range of tests offered, together with details of specimen requirements and turnaround times, are listed alphabetically on the tests tab. A brief summary of the clinical applications of each test is also provided. Interpretive comments are given, where appropriate.

If a test is urgent, please contact the laboratory directly. The test will then, if possible, be done the same day and the result telephoned.

Referral for full clinical assessment is welcomed and areas of clinical interest include Allergy, Autoimmune Disease and proven or suspected Immune Deficiency. The Immunology Department holds a number of out-patient clinics –  details regarding these can be found via the web links below:


Specimen Acceptance Policy and Request Form

Please refer to general information (link below) for requirements 

General Information - Samples and Request Forms

Test Requests

Please complete form fully, including patient's full name, date of birth, hospital number, NHS number, clinical details (which may suggest that further tests are appropriate), patient age (some normal ranges vary with age) and high risk information.

Samples are usually kept for approximately 2 weeks. Additional tests may be requested during this time by sending an email to the laboratory ( - exclusions, including complement are listed on the individual test pages.

Clinical staff are happy to discuss cases and provide advice, including choice of test(s) and interpretation of results.

Patient Consent

Consent to a specimen being taken and analysed is implied by the patient presenting to the point of specimen collection. The responsibility for obtaining informed consent for the test(s) resides with the individual ordering the test. Informed consent should cover all the tests being done, implications of the results and disclosure of clinical

and personal details to personnel (in the requesting organisation and any other health care organisations involved in providing the test).

Comments and Complaints

If you have any comments on, or complaints about the services that we provide please contact us by phone, letter or email. Please also let us know about new services you would wish to see developed.

Entry Last Modified 09/07/2018