Laboratory Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham

Laboratory medicine provides a high quality, cost-effective service to the University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, GPs and community hospitals within Birmingham and Solihull and is a referral centre for specialist services for other local; national Trusts and international users.


  • Haematology Equipment Change on QE Site

    Haematology equipment change 4th February 2020

    The Haematology department has now gone live with new equipment.

    Please note updated reference ranges which can be found Here

    All Haematology tests are awaiting accreditation and will be assessed by UKAS against ISO 15189 standard at our next assessment in March.

    If you have an queries please contact the Haematology Manager on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

    or Dr Charles Percy, Clinical Service Lead Haematology Laboratories, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


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  • User Survey Results

    QE Labs user survey results published

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  • Change of Analysers at QE Laboratories

    From Monday May 6th the QE Laboratories will now be using the Abbott Alinity analysers to provide biochemistry and serology services. The results are largely comparable to the previous Roche results, however some reference ranges and interpretation guidance has changed.

    For the core routine analytes the laboratory has adopted the nationally agreed Pathology Harmony reference ranges:

    The reference ranges for 

    PTH: 1.6 - 7.2 pmol/L

    CA199: < 37 KU/L

    have changed.

    High Sensitive Troponin T has changed to High Senstive Troponin I

    1.  “Result is > 99th centile.  In cases of chest pain this could be indicative of an ACS.  Requires clinical assessment by cardiologist or cardiology nurse practitioner”
    2.  “Result indicates a detectable troponin level but  below 99th percentile.  No evidence of an ACS but a second sample 1-3 hours apart  is required to rule out myocardial infarction.
    3. Result indicates no detectable troponin (<5).  If the chest pain was > 6 hours ago this result makes an ACS unlikely and in the absence of high clinical suspicion no further troponin test is required.  

    Troponin results cannot be used in isolation to diagnose or rule out an ACS.  Please use the HEART score and refer to cardiologist or cardiology nurse practitioner if advice is required.

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Site specific information

Queen Elizabeth pathology services are are based at Queen Elizabeth Hospital - University Hospitals Birmingham - Edgbaston. The laboratories are part of a wider laboratory grouping for University Hospitals Birmingham, which includes laboratories from Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital (HGS Laboratories). All laboratories are ISO 15189 accreditated for their listed repertoire, unless otherwise noted. Site specific information can be accessed below.

Site Specific Information

General Information

General information about the website and its content

Location of Laboratories

Where the laboratories are located and information about the services offered at each laboratory