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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

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.  


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