The immunology department provides laboratory services to assist
the diagnosis and monitoring of autoimmune, inflammatory and
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.
A full list of tests provided and guide to appropriate
requesting is given in the test directory and is also available on
the referral test list above.
The laboratory will seek to provide appropriate 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, see test directory for specific tests. Please
contact the laboratory in advance when requesting these tests. The
laboratory has specific rules for the period of time before repeat
testing is available.
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
up by specialist medical and scientific expertise. Where specific
tests are not available locally, we will refer samples on to
colleagues in other centres. The quality of all our work is
regularly and frequently monitored in National Quality Control
Schemes (UKNEQAS). Please see the test directory for specific test
information. If a required test cannot be found, please contact the
laboratory to check if it is available (0191 333 2635).
Interpretation of results
The department is happy to assist in the interpretation of
patient's test results. Interpretative comments are routinely added
to test reports where appropriate. In the list of tests described
in the test directory we have added a brief summary of the clinical
application of each test that is intended to be helpful but is not
intended to be comprehensive or replace discussion of individual
patients. Clinical advice is given on allergies, autoimmune
disorders, suspected immune deficiency etc.
'Care received was fantastic and I was very well looked after
and very impressed.'
Patient, Day Surgery, Darlington Memorial Hospital