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Clinical Biochemistry

Our clinical biochemistry service is mainly based at Worcestershire Royal Hospital, with some services offered at the Alexandra and Kidderminster hospitals.

The laboratory is also involved in the management of point of care testing (POCT) including test/equipment selection, training and external quality assurance. The lead consultant for clinical biochemistry chairs our Multidisciplinary POCT Committee which meets quarterly, and reports to the Medical Devices Committee. 

Who's who and contact details

Consultant Chemical Pathologist
Dr Chandrashekar Shetty
x 30616
01905 760630
Consultant Clinical Biochemist
Dr Mike Cornes

WRH 01905 760843  x30617

ALEX 01527 512118 
x 42118

Principal Clinical Scientist
Dr Indra Ramasamy
x 39610
01905 760535

Principal Clinical Scientist

Vacant
x 42118
01527 512118
Biochemistry Laboratory Manager/Head BMS
Mrs Sarah Neale 
x 30618
01905 760632
     

Pre-Analytics Laboratory Manager

Mrs Louise Hepburn

WRH
x 39611             01905 760844

Alex
x 42186
DDI 01527 412186

Senior Biomedical Scientists

Steve Martin (Main Lab)

Emma Illingworth (POCT)

Isabel Baptista (Proteins)

Natasha Payne (Quality)

Marjorie Prior (Training Officer)
 

 
x 30619
Dr Shetty's Secretary
Mrs Julia Pearce
x 30214
DDI 01905 760689
Clinical Biochemistry Secretary
Mrs Kathleen Muratore
x 30215
DDI 01905 760653
Laboratory Enquiries (eg results) - WRH
  x 30215 / 36102
DDI 01905 733850
Fax 01905 733213
Internal fax 30916
Laboratory Enquiries (eg results) - Alex
  x 44713 / 44997
Fax 01527 512074


Biochemistry lab locations 

River level
Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Charles Hastings Way
Worcester
WR5 1DD

Core hours
Monday to Friday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 9am - 12noon
No routine Sunday service

Emergency out of hours
Monday to Friday: 5.30pm - 8.30am
Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 9am
All day Sunday
Alexandra Hospital
Woodrow Drive
Redditch
Worcestershire
B98 7UB
Core hours
Monday to Friday: 8.45am - 5.30pm
Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 9am - 12noon
No routine Sunday service

Emergency out of hours
Monday - Friday: 5.30pm - 8.30am
Saturdays and Bank Holidays: 12noon - 9am
All day Sunday

   


Tests available

Please see the A-Z directory of tests.



Tests available out of normal hours

All routines clinical biochemistry tests (not hormones) are usually available

Cardiac makers are available throughout the day and night.

A serum HCG service is provided throughout the day and night.

Urgent out of hours analytical toxicology of drugs other than those listed - contact West Midlands Poisons Unit on 0121 554 3801 x 4019.


Urgent GP requests

Please telephone the laboratory prior to sending urgent requests. Place urgent samples in orange bags and INR requests in blue bags. 


Requesting additional tests

Inpatients
Send a completed request form with the laboratory number of sample to which extra examinations need adding.

GP/Outpatients
A telephone request may be acceptable if there is insufficient time to send a new request form before the sample is discarded (after 5 days). Please quote the laboratory number of the sample if known.

or email wah-tr.dutyBMS@nhs.net


Specimen containers

Out of date specimen containers must not be used.

Worcestershire Royal
Most pathology containers are available through the central distribution stores.

The following are available from pathology reception:
  • 24 hour urine containers
  • paediatric blood tubes

Alexandra and Kidderminster Hospitals
Most pathology containers are available through the pathology specimen reception at the Alex.

24 hour urine bottles

Urine bottles for GP surgeries are available via the specimen reception at Worcestershire Royal on 01905 760629. They can also be ordered from the Alexandra Hospital using a biochemistry consumables order form.

Collection bottles for outpatients are available from the clinical biochemistry department at Kidderminster Hospital.

 

Point of care 

Please see point of care testing page.


Research investigations / clinical trials

Before undertaking any biochemical investigations, which are to be conducted as part of a research project or clinical trial, you must discuss the protocol and workload entailed with the head of department.

Guidelines

Page last updated: 01 November 2017