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.
- Jayne Barmby, Pathology Service Manager, Tel : 020 8296 2976 (St Helier) or 01372 735287 (Epsom), Email: email@example.com
Please contact the laboratory if you need advice regarding paediatric specimens.
|Test||Alternative name||Bottle / container||Bottle top colour||Turn around time (In days)|
|Red cell folate||Purple||3|
|Red cell porphyrins||Purple||21 days|
|Renin||Purple||7-10 working days|
|Respiratory screen (serology)||Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer)||2-8 working days|
|Respiratory virus PCR||Molecular detection of Influenza A (inc.2009 H1N1, H1 & H3 subtypes), Influenza B, RSV, Coronaviruses, Parainfluenza viruses, Metapneumovirus, Adenovirus, Bocavirus and Entero/Rhinovirus||Nose/Throat:Viral swab, green top. NPA: Appropriate sterile container||1-4 working days|
|Reticulocytes||Retics||Purple||Routine 4hrs Urgent 1 hr|
|Retinol Binding Protein||RBP, NAG||White|
|Rheumatoid Factor||RhF||Yellow||3 days|
|Rickettsia serology||Yellow||Up to 7 working days|
|Rotavirus||Faeces pot with spoon||1-2 working days|
|RSV Rapid respiratory screen (NPA)||NPA||NPA container||1-2 working days|
|RTPC (renal threshold phosphate concentration)||Yellow||1 day|
|Rubella IgG and IgM antibody||Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer)||1-3 working days non antenatal, 2-7 working days antenatal|