Pathology tests directory

Our tests directory below includes information to support you to take and submit blood transfusion, chemical pathology, haematology, immunology, bacteriology, virology and other microbiology tests.

All testing is performed within the trust unless otherwise stated.  If the required test is not listed, please contact the microbiology laboratory for guidance.

Please note: when printed, this information is only valid on the day of printing.

Reference ranges given are for general guidance. Results falling outside the reference range do not necessarily indicate underlying pathology. 

Where a colour is given for the top of a sample tube, this applies only to adult size Vacutainer® tubes. Paediatric size and other manufacturers use different colour coding. 

Key Staff

  • Jayne Barmby, Pathology Service Manager, Tel : 020 8296 2976 (St Helier) or  01372 735287 (Epsom), Email: jayne.barmby@nhs.net
  • Muhsina K Mohamedally, Pathology Quality Manager, Tel:  020 8296 2798 (St Helier) or 01372 735287 (Epsom), Email: muhsina.mohamedally@nhs.net

Please contact the laboratory if you need advice regarding paediatric specimens.

Total results: 23
Test Alternative name Bottle / container Bottle top colour Turn around time (In days)
Magnesium blood Photo of Magnesium                                                                                                                                                                                                            blood Yellow
Magnesium urine 24 hour urine 21 days
Malaria Parasites Identity MPs Photo of Malaria Parasites Identity Purple 4 hours
Manganese Contact laboratory
MBP Genotype Photo of MBP Genotype Purple 28
Measles IgG and IgM antibody Photo of Measles IgG and IgM antibody Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer) 1-5 working days
Meningococcal PCR Photo of Meningococcal PCR White Yellow Purple up to 4 days
Mercury blood Photo of Mercury                                                                                                                                                                                                                 blood Purple 21 days
Mercury urine White 21 days
Metadreanalines- plasma Photo of Metadreanalines- plasma Purple 14 days
Metadrenalines- urine (in acid) White 10 days
Methotrexate Photo of Methotrexate Yellow Same day
Methsuximide metabolite Photo of Methsuximide metabolite Yellow
Methylmalonic acid Photo of Methylmalonic acid White
Methylmalonic acid Photo of Methylmalonic acid Dark green 14
Microalbumin Photo of Microalbumin White
Microsporidia Photo of Microsporidia Blue
MRSA screen Photo of MRSA screen Liquid eSwab, Pink top, dual swab 1-4 working days
Mucopolysaccharides Photo of Mucopolysaccharides White 2 days
Mumps IgG and IgM antibody Photo of Mumps IgG and IgM antibody Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer) 1-5 working days
Mycology: skin scrapings, hair, nail clippings Photo of Mycology: skin scrapings, hair, nail clippings Coloured, paper envelope (preferably black e.g. Dermapack) or in universals. Microscopy 2-3 working days / Culture: up to 3 weeks, positive culture may take longer
Mycoplasma total antibody (IgG and IgM) Photo of Mycoplasma total antibody (IgG and IgM) Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer) 1-5 working days
Myeloma screen Photo of Myeloma screen Yellow 1
Total results: 23

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