The protein reference and immunopathology Unit at St George’s Hospital is part of South West London Pathology which is a partnership set up by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust to provide a single, integrated pathology service across South West London and beyond.
For more information about South West London Pathology visit the website www.swlpath.nhs.uk
South West London Pathology
Most pathology services are provided from the main ‘hub’ laboratory based at St George’s with ‘spoke’ Clinical Blood Science laboratories at the other hospital sites (Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust). This ensures that essential clinical services such as A&E, theatres and obstetrics continue to receive the same level of pathology support. It also enables local knowledge and clinical expertise to be retained within each Trust, but the whole partnership benefits from the larger scale and improved technology that can be provided through the establishment of a ‘hub’ laboratory.
Services included in South West London Pathology
The partnership officially started on 1 April 2014 and the following services are included:
- Cellular Pathology – Cytology, Histology
- Medical Microbiology
- Clinical Blood Sciences – Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Protein Reference Unit and Immunology, Biochemistry
Current protein reference and immunopathology services at St George’s
The protein reference and immunopathology Unit is one of three supra-regional assay services in the UK for specific protein analysis. The unit also has an international reputation. It runs a large repertoire of tests to help exclude, diagnose and monitor a wide variety of immunologically-based diseases including allergies, tumours and autoimmune and genetic diseases.
The laboratory is sent samples from inpatients and outpatients from St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, local GPs and more than 100 hospitals within the UK and occasionally labs in Europe, India and the US. The service is open 08:00 to 16:00, Monday to Friday. Expert consultative advice is available from consultant and senior scientists regarding appropriate investigation of clinical problems and interpretation of results.