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Clyde Biochemistry

Service Information

Clyde Biochemistry Laboratories (those based at Royal Alexandra Hospital, Inverclyde Royal Hospital and Vale of Leven Hospital) has been accredited with UKAS to standard ISO 15189:2012 for much of our test repertoire. The certificate of accreditation is available online.

The scope of our accreditation includes the majority of the tests performed by our laboratories, with a small number of tests not falling within our accreditation status (for example, no fluid analyses (on fluids other than CSF, urine or blood / serum / plasma) are accredited) - see the link above for details of our accredited scope.

Specialist services including Protein Electrophoresis and less often requested endocrine assays are based at RAH. 

All routine GP work within the Clyde Sector is also based at RAH.

Service Hours

The routine operating hours are:

Monday - Friday 08.30 to 17.00

Saturday - Sunday 08.30 to 12.00 (IRH) & 09.00 to 12.00 (RAH) 

POCT issues / Cryoglobulin testing There is a 24hr emergency service for urgent samples, between 17.00-08.30.

For routine issues with gas analysers or blood glucose meters and to arrange training / barcode for meters please email:

[email protected]

Cryoglobulin testing can also be arranged via this email address.

Contact Details                  

Royal Alexandra Hospital (RAH)

Corsebar Road, Paisley, Renfrewshire PA2 9PN

Telephone: 0141 314 6157 ext 06157

Inverclyde Royal Hospital (IRH)

Larkfield Road, Greenock PA16 0XN

Telephone: 01475 504827 ext 04827 - Emergency requests ext 04213

Vale of Leven Hospital (VOL)

Main Street, Alexandria G83 0UA

Telephone: 01389 817568 ext 87568


We are committed to providing a quality service to users. If you wish to provide feedback on the North Glasgow Biochemistry service, please contact our  Quality Manager [email protected]

Department Information

Clyde Biochemistry encourages team work to best fulfil the requirements of our users.

Each site contains the same equipment which enables staff rotation.

Regular communication between our laboratories ensures we use our resources effectively.

Handbooks and Manuals

Clyde Laboratory Handbook

NHSGGC GP Handbook

Centrifuge Requirements in Non-Laboratory areas

Laboratory Newsletter

The most recent laboratory newsletter is available below:

Newsletter 17 - December 2020

Previous issues of the newsletter are stored in the Clyde Biochemistry Document Library.


Primary Care

Please do not send requests for tests done by other disciplines on Biochemistry / Haematology request forms (Jan 2020)

QFit for practices not using ICE electronic ordering (Jan 2020)

Changes to the urine catecholamine and 5HIAA service (GRI memo, Mar 2020)

Secondary Care

Paper request forms and Trakcare downtime (Nov 2020)

Add on Tests (Nov 2020, IRH memo)

Previous memos are stored in the Clyde Biochemistry Document Library. 

 For new generic email mailboxes (e.g. yes for a team, but NOT in a person's name) please complete and submit:

New Generic Mailbox Core Network e-mail Appplication



Last Updated: 23 June 2021