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Immunology

Immunology

Immunology Laboratory offers an Immunology diagnostic service to County Durham and Darlington. The repertoire offered includes Immunochemistry, Autoantibodies, Cellular Immunology and Allergy Tests. The majority of the tests are performed in-house, but a number are sent to specialist reference centres..

The Immunology department provides laboratory services to assist the diagnosis and monitoring of Autoimmune, Inflammatory and Allergic diseases.

Tests are also available for the detection of Immunodeficiency, for the assessment of characteristic Immune Responses (Hypersensitivity) to infections and malignancy and for the characterisation of Serum Proteins, particularly Immunoglobulins, in lymphoid malignancy.

 Test repertoire

We provide a comprehensive range of tests for the Immunological investigation of patients. We aim to provide the highest quality of service with prompt delivery of accurate results, backed by specialist medical and scientific expertise.

The quality of all of our work is regularly monitored in National Quality Control Schemes (UKNEQAS) and the laboratory is UKAS accredited to the ISO15189:2012 standards (Accreditation number 8666)

 Medical laboratories.

The laboratory will seek to provide appropriate unlisted tests where possible. Although most tests are carried out using standard serum samples, a few tests require samples to be collected or transported in a special way, please refer to the test directory or the laboratory for further advice.

 Interpretation of results

The department will provide appropriate interpretation of test results. Interpretive comments are added to most test reports.

The laboratory will provide additional information where necessary. The immunology consultant is happy to provide additional advice and to discuss individual patients.

'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham