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Blood Sciences - Chemical Pathology

Clinical biochemistry involves the study of body fluids (mostly serum and urine), examining them for the presence of chemicals and measuring their qualities.  These chemicals include minerals, proteins, enzymes, hormones and drugs.

Biochemical testing is used to:

  • diagnose disease conditions - such as heart disease

  • monitor treatment - for example in diabetes

  • test for drugs - during treatment or in overdose

In addition, screening is carried out for diseases such as cystic fibrosis and cancers.

We use state of the art equipment in our biochemistry departments, and employ highly trained and experienced scientists to undertake the testing.

National Centre for Drug Adherence Testing (NCAT)

UHL has developed world leading expertise in the measurement of prescribed medications in the urine as a measure of adherence.

More information will be available soon in this section.

Please direct any queries to:

Carole Jones,
Project Co-ordinator,
Leicester Royal Infirmary,
0116 258 6550 or email ncat@uhl-tr.nhs.uk