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General Information

Working hours

The laboratory is open from 8.30am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday but samples can be sent in at any time. The Immunology Department does not provide an out of hours service.

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 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).

Requesting immunology tests

  • Immunology request forms are in use.
  • All in-house immunology tests are carried out at UHND; in BAGH and DMH, samples are registered by Pathology reception and sent to UHND
  • A list of immunology tests most frequently requested (both in-house and referred) is given in the test directory.
  • If you require tests that are not on the list, please contact the laboratory before sending sample to ensure that the test is available and the correct sample is taken.

 Referral Laboratory addresses

- Regional Immunology Department, RVI, Queen Victoria Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4LP

- Department of Immunology, PO BOX 894, Sheffield, S5 7YT

- Regional Immunology Laboratory, Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham, B9 5SS

- Immunology Department, Churchill Hospital, Headington, Oxford, OX3 7LJ

- Histocompatibility & Immunogenetics Diagnostic Laboratory at NHS Blood and Transplant, Holland Drive, Barrack Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE2 4NQ

- Department of Neuro-Immunology, Room 917, Institute of Neurology, Queen's Square, London WC1N 3BG

Uncommon test requests may be referred to other specialist laboratories not listed here

We check all reference laboratories annually to ensure they maintain standards required for Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA)/United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).

NB!     It is essential that full patient identification is provided. We are obliged to discard samples with inadequate identifying information.

NB!     Clinical information is essential for interpretation of results thus ensuring highest quality service. If clinical details are lacking, interpretative comments cannot be given

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.  


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

Patient, Cardiology Department, Bishop Auckland Hospital