The Clinical Biochemistry department operate a 24/7 service from
laboratories based at Darlington Memorial Hospital and University
Hospital of North Durham. Serving the CDDFT Acute sites and GP's
across Darlington, North Durham and Durham Dales, the service
analyses a range of samples including blood, urine and faeces to
help clinicians in the diagnosis, monitoring and investigation of
Offering an urgent turnaround time of 1 hour from sample
receipt, the Clinical Biochemistry department offer a wide range of
tests and are available for advice via the telephone 24 hours a
day. Test information (sample requirements and volumes) can be
located on the Pathology webpage (see Test
Directory). The department offers the same repertoire across
both sites with the following exceptions:
UHND only - Xanthochromia, CEA, CA125, CA153, CA199, PTH
DMH only - Bile acids, NT-proBNP, Valproate, Phenytoin,
Theophylline, Carbamazepine, Procollagen Type 3 Peptide, SHBG,
Prolactin, Progesterone, LH, FSH, Testosterone, Oestradiol,
Calprotectin, Vitamin D.
A Consultant Chemical Pathologist/Clinical Biochemist can be
contacted for clinical advice and interpretation of tests,
via the Biochemistry laboratory or via the
hospital switchboard. This service is available both routinely and
out of hours.
Within the laboratory staff realise
that behind every sample there is a patient and as such we work to
high standards to ensure that our contribution to the patient
pathway continues to meet the needs of our users and positively
impact on patient care.
Test information can be found in the Test
Directory, and other useful information can be found within the
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital