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Immunology and Protein Reference Unit

The Immunology Laboratory and Protein Reference Unit is a specialist service based at St George’s Hospital. It provides a comprehensive diagnostic service for immunology across the South West London Pathology network. The department hosts one of two Supraregional Assay Service Protein Reference Units in England UK and serves an extensive client base nationally and internationally, receiving samples from over 100 referring hospitals.

The Protein Reference Unit was established in 1971 under Professor J.R.Hobbs at Westminster Hospital, London. Professor Hobbs was an expert in the analysis of serum proteins, including immunoglobulins. After a brief relocation in 1992 to the Royal Surrey County Hospital at Guildford, the Protein Reference Unit settled at St George’s Hospital.

The Protein Reference Unit maintains its specialist interest and skills in protein analysis, particularly relating to immunoglobulins, including cryoglobulins and heavy chain disease investigations.

The wide and diverse UKAS-accredited repertoire of tests carried out by the Immunology Laboratory and Protein Reference Unit help to exclude, diagnose and monitor a variety of immunologically-based diseases including:

  • allergy
  • immune deficiency
  • hematological malignancy
  • autoimmune disease.

Expert advice is available from our Consultant Clinical Scientist team around appropriate investigation of clinical problems and the interpretation of results. This includes encouraging the most appropriate use of immunology tests and ensuring our service develops to meet changing clinical requirements.

Latest news

September 24, 2021

A day in the life… Kelvin Adu-Darko

Find out more about a day in the life of Kelvin Adu-Darko, an Advanced Biomedical Support Worker in Point of Care Testing (POCT), based at Croydon Hospital.

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September 14, 2021

Cellular Pathology services now live with new Laboratory Information Management System

SWLP Cellular Pathology services went live with Winpath Enterprise at 8:30 this morning (14 September). The system has been rolled out for Cellular Pathology across St George’s and Croydon Hospitals.

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September 6, 2021

South West London Pathology and St George’s Hospital shortlisted for HSJ award

South West London Pathology (SWLP) and St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have been shortlisted for a prestigious Driving Efficiency through Technology Health Service Journal (HSJ) award.

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July 15, 2021

A day in the life… Diana Mohanaraja

Find out more about a day in the life of Biomedical Support Worker and soon to be Biomedical Scientist Diana Mohanaraja.

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