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.

Rubella IgG and IgM antibody

Specimen

A minimum of 5-10 ml of clotted blood is required. Take two samples if several tests requested.Smaller samples are accepted on paediatrics however sample volume will determine how many tests can be performed.

Bottle top colour

Blood tube: gold top or red top (vacutainer)

Bottle / container

Photo of Rubella IgG and IgM antibody

Turn around time

1-3 working days non antenatal, 2-7 working days antenatal

Performed (frequency)

Daily (Monday to Friday except bank holidays)

Transport and storage

Transport to the laboratory immediately in a sealed specimen transport bag with an accompanying request form. If there is a delay or the sample is taken out of hours store it at 4-8 *C if not urgent and send immediately the following day. Do not store the sample for >24Hrs as this may effect the performance of the test or the interpretation of the results.

Additional information

In addition to relevant clinical details, it is important to state the date of onset of symptoms. A convalescent serum 10-14 days later may be needed.If no test is clearly requested AND no clinical details are clearly stated on the request form the sample will be stored.

Heterophilic antibodies in human serum can react with reagent immunoglobulins, interfering with in vitro immunoassays. Patients routinely exposed to animals or to animal serum products can be prone to this interference and anomalous values may be observed.

Specimens from patients who have received preparations of mouse monoclonal antibodies for diagnosis or therapy may contain human anti-mouse antibodies (HAMA). Specimens containing HAMA may produce anomalous values when tested with assay kits (such as ARCHITECT Rubella IgG) that employ mouse monoclonal antibodies.

Note that some specimens with very high antibody titre may exhibit the prozoning phenomenon at lower dilutions.

Category

Virology

Reference range

Lab address

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