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,Head of Pathology, Tel : 020 8296 2976 (St Helier) or  01372 735287 (Epsom), Email:
  • Pinika Patel, Pathology Quality Manager, Tel: 0208 296 2798 (St Helier) or  01372 735287 (Epsom), Email: 

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

Total results: 15
Test Alternative name Bottle / container Bottle top colour Turn around time (In days)
Rapamicine Sirolimus Photo of Rapamicine Purple
Red cell folate Photo of Red cell folate Purple 3
Red cell porphyrins Photo of Red cell porphyrins Purple 21 days
Renin Photo of Renin Purple 7-10 working days
Respiratory screen (serology) Photo of 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 Photo of Respiratory virus PCR Nose/Throat:Viral swab, green top. NPA: Appropriate sterile container 1-4 working days
Reticulocytes Retics Photo of Reticulocytes Purple Routine 4hrs Urgent 1 hr
Retinol Binding Protein RBP, NAG Photo of Retinol Binding Protein White
Rheumatoid Factor RhF Photo of Rheumatoid Factor Yellow 3 days
Rickettsia serology Photo of Rickettsia serology Yellow Up to 7 working days
RNP Photo of RNP Yellow 7
Rotavirus Photo of 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) Photo of RTPC (renal threshold phosphate concentration) Yellow 1 day
Rubella IgG and IgM antibody Photo of Rubella IgG and IgM antibody Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer) 1-3 working days non antenatal, 2-7 working days antenatal
Total results: 15

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