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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Clinical Biochemistry

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Diagnostic tests

Our tests are listed in alphabetical order. Click on the A-Z links to find out more.

We are also able to refer testing to external laboratories; if the test you are looking for is not displayed, please contact the laboratory for advice.

Our adult and paediatric tube guides are available on the Pathology and Laboratories website.

A guide for successful collection of blood specimens is available here:

Top tips for successful blood collection (pdf, 760 KB)

The department of Biochemistry at Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is accredited in accordance with the recognised International Standard ISO 15189:2012 Medical Laboratories - Requirements for Quality and Competence.

The Schedule of Accreditation can be found here:

Schedule of Accreditation (pdf) -

Any test offered by the laboratory that is not included is not currently accredited. The department is actively working towards gaining accreditation for the full repertoire of tests offered.

Quality improvements implemented since the last time the laboratory was inspected have resulted in some tests that were previously accredited now being out-of-scope.

These are:

  • zinc
  • ACE
  • beta-hydroxybutyrate
  • non-esterified fatty acids
  • urinary total porphyrin and porphobilinogen
  • elastase.

The laboratory is in the process of applying for extension to scope to cover these and other new laboratory assays.

For more details please contact us.