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Clinical Biochemistry

Introduction

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 pathological conditions.  

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. The department offers the same repertoire across both sites with the following exceptions:

UHND only - Xanthochromia, C153, PTH, SHBG

DMH only - Bile acids, BNP, Valproate, Phenytoin, Theophylline, Carbamazepine, Procollagen Type 3 peptide

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 and other useful information can be found within the link above or the publications to the right of this page.

'I would like to thank all the staff for my treatment and their professionalism.'

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital