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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

Laboratory Enquiries (e.g. results and advice) 


x 30651
DDI 01905 760653

or wah-tr.dutyBMS@nhs.net

Consultant Chemical Pathologist (Lab Director) 
Dr Chandrashekar Shetty 

x 30616
01905 760630

Consultant Clinical Biochemist 
 Dr Mike Cornes


01905 760843  x30617


01527 512118 
x 42118

 Principal Clinical Scientist

Dr Indra Ramasamy
x 30618
01905 760632   
 Principal Clinical Scientist 
Dr Louise Hawke
x 42118
01527 512118          
 Biochemistry Laboratory Manager/Head BMS Mrs Leena Bhachu  x 39610
01905 760535  

Pre-Analytics Laboratory Manager

Denise Goodwin

x 39927          

Senior Biomedical Scientists

Steve Martin (Main Lab)

Emma Illingworth (POCT)

Isabel Baptista (Proteins)

Natasha Payne (Quality)

Marjorie Prior (Training Officer)

x 30652
x 30619

x 30603

x 39611
Dr Shetty's Secretary
Mrs Julia Pearce
x 30214
DDI 01905760689
Clinical Biochemistry Secretary
Mrs Kathleen Muratore
x 30651
DDI 01905760653
Laboratory Enquiries (eg results) - WRH
  x 30651
DDI 01905760653
Fax  01905 733213
internal fax 30915
Laboratory Enquiries (eg results) - Alex
  x 44713
Fax 01527 512074

Biochemistry lab locations 

River level
Worcestershire Royal Hospital

Charles Hastings Way

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
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

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

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
  • FIT patient packs
  • Trace element tubes 

Alexandra and Kidderminster Hospitals
Most pathology containers are available through the pathology specimen reception at the Alex. Contact wah-tr.pathology.orders@nhs.net.

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.


Page last updated: 24 November 2020