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South Glasgow Biochemistry

The South Glasgow Biochemistry Service comprises a main Clinical Biochemistry Laboratory at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (located in the new laboratory building) along with a satellite blood science laboratory at the Victoria ACH. Specialist Metabolic work and Toxicology Services for GG&C have centralised to the new QEUH  Laboratory Building.   

South Glasgow Biochemistry services are accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). UKAS Medical Accreditation number is 9569 (Accredited to ISO 15189:2012). Issue date 14/08/17. A full list of tests in scope can be found on our schedule of accreditation.  Tests not on this list are not accredited; please contact the laboratory for further information if required.

We  are committed to providing a quality service to users.   We welcome feedback and survey users on an annual basis to assess satisfaction with the service and highlight possible areas for improvement.  For feedback on our service, please contact our Quality Manager.



 As part of the revised colorectal patient pathway, the QFIT test can now be ordered through ICE (as from 3.9.18). More information provided below  under 'Other guidance'


The Main laboratory contact  number is : 0141 354 9060 (89060 for use within the hospital). An auto-attendant system is in operation to route your call more effectively. You will be able to choose from a number of options:

1)  Neonatal/Paediatric emergency requests, add-on requests and  sample requirements

2)  Results, general enquiries and add on requests for adult specimens

3)  Advice on sample requirements for adult specimens

4)  Interpretation of results, clinical advice and  emergency requests for adult patients

5) Point of care enquiries for blood gas and blood glucose analysers


Our  address is :

Department of Biochemistry,

Level 1, Laboratory Medicine and Facilities Management  Building,

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital,

1345 Govan Road,

G51 4TF



The main service hours are 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 12.30pm Saturday, Sunday and  Public holidays (9am to 5pm Mon-Fri only for satellite Blood Sciences Lab at New Victoria ACH). Outwith these hours a reduced analytical service is provided. 



For requests outwith the working day, a limited repertoire of urgent analyses can be undertaken as an emergency.  The BMS on duty can be contacted on Page 17684 (QEUH). 

A consultant is always available for advice. Outside working hours he/she may be contacted via the hospital switchboard.



We have a comprehensive in-house test repertoire, additionally some specialist tests are referred to external laboratories. Requesting via Trakcare or GP order comms will provide direction as to tube/ specimen requirements for all core tests and many specialist tests. Please contact the laboratory as required, for advice regarding specific tests. It is essential that all requests sent in to the laboratory are correctly identified and labelled. 



We provide comprehensive reference ranges for our tests. These are available when accessing results via Trakcare and Clinical portal/SCI store and are also printed on Biochemistry Report forms. Information on reference ranges is also provided within our Laboratory Handbook. Interpretative comments are also provided on reports, where appropriate. 

 For more detailed reference range data and for further interpretation of results, please contact the  Department. Reference ranges will be regularly reviewed and amended as required.



The  Biochemistry laboratories in South Glasgow now operate an email  system for requesting add-on  NON-URGENT tests which are processed at the QEUH or Victoria ACH Biochemistry departments. Emails will be responded  to Monday to Friday, 09:00-17:00.

The email address for non-urgent add-on requests is  [email protected].

You must include the following information in your email : CHI Number/DOB, surname, Date and Time of original sample, original location of sample, Test/Analysis to be added on.

For URGENT add-on Biochemistry requests between 09:00-17:00 Monday-Friday and 09:00-12:30 weekends and public holidays, please contact 0141 354 9060 and select appropriate option. For out of hours requests, page 17684 or page on-call Biomedical Scientist via the switchboard.



In our Laboratory Handbook you will find comprehensive information regarding the use of the Biochemistry service, including information on  test repertoire, specimen requirements, urgent requests and details of specialist assays available. Special advice on tests/investigations can also be found within our Metabolic  Handbook. GP users across GG&C can find additional guidance in the  General Practice Biochemistry Handbook


South Glasgow Biochemistry Laboratory Handbook

South Glasgow Biochemistry Metabolic Handbook

NHSGGC Biochemistry General Practice Handbook

South Glasgow Biochemistry Quality Manual


Other Guidance

As part of the revised colorectal patient pathway, the QFIT test can now be ordered through ICE (as from 3.9.18). General guidance is available for GP's and bitesize learning sessions are available to GP practices (general info , planned evening sessions

Additional guidance on  Tumour markers (guidance for the non specialist on the appropriate use of commonly requested tumour markers) is now available in the form of a 'tumour marker bookmark'. This has been recently released by the Scottish Clinical Biochemistry Managed Diagnostic Network (SCBMDN), with the backing of the Royal College of Pathologists and the Realistic Medicaine Program. Hard copies of the bookmark will also be made available to our GP's, and can be sent out on request by contacting [email protected]


Further guidance on our toxicology service is available for users: Information for Users of the Toxicology Service



South Sector Biochemistry Newsletter June 2018