Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Oxford BRC Molecular Diagnostic Laboratory

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The Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) and the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre (OxBRC) have joined efforts to create a comprehensive molecular diagnostic service for a range of haematological conditions. The services offered are divided into four main areas:

  • Haemostasis
    Haemophilia and thrombophilia genetic testing in conjunction with the Oxford Haemophilia and Thrombosis Centre
  • Haemoglobinopathies
    We are the National Reference Laboratory for Haemoglobinopathies (NHRL) offering extensive molecular investigation of alpha thalassaemia, beta thalassaemia, abnormal haemoglobins and the sickle cell syndromes
  • Haemochromatosis
    Screening for the HFE and rare gene mutations
  • Haemato-oncology
    An integrated phenotypic and molecular service for the management of haematological malignancies.

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Our vision

Serving patients: integrated diagnosis

We are committed to delivering state-of-the-art diagnosis of haematological conditions using a range of available technologies such as morphology, coagulation, haematopathology, immunophenotyping, molecular biology and cytogenetics.

We are based in one single laboratory allowing samples to arrive in a central specimen reception and to be processed according to set algorithms. Results are reviewed by specialists of each section and integrated and summarised in a medical report for the multidisciplinary team meetings of the respective conditions.

We aim to increase speed and accuracy of diagnosis and to provide individualised diagnoses to patients and clinicians. In future, this will hopefully translate into giving the right treatment to the right patient at the right time, and will ultimately lead to an improvement in quality of life and life expectancy.

Serving patients: translational research

As part of the Oxford Biomedical Research Centre we are keen to develop and validate new technologies and to improve diagnosis and prognostication of haematological diseases. We are actively involved in a range of independent and collaborative research activities. In addition to this we are developing partnerships with research funds, the NIH and industry.

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