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Clinical Biochemistry / Chemical Pathology

Clinical Biochemistry (also known as chemical pathology) uses biochemical tests for diagnosis and treatment. The department provides comprehensive laboratory analyses and consultation to the health services across Oxfordshire in hospitals and the community.

The laboratories at the John Radcliffe Hospital and Horton General Hospital operate on a 24 hour, seven day a week basis, and a smaller laboratory at the Churchill Hospital supports the clinical work of the Oxford Kidney Unit.

Medical staff in the department provide clinical care in:

  • diabetes
  • endocrinology
  • metabolic medicine
  • oncology
  • metabolic bone disease.

Biochemistry also supports the neonatal and antenatal screening programmes.

The department is one of the largest in the United Kingdom, performing over 4.5 million tests a year.

Research and development

Current research and development areas include biochemical factors in wound healing and development and evaluation of novel biosensors. Over 100 clinical trials are currently supported.

The department has won several national and international awards for innovations in information management and is currently an active participant in the Lab Tests Online UK initiative.