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Summary of changes to Immunology Services – October/November 2022

The Immunology Laboratory services at St Helier Hospital and St George’s Hospital are merging to form a single service at St George’s Hospital with the Protein Reference Unit.  Below is a summary of changes and improvements as a result of forming the new service. For more information, please contact the Immunology Laboratory using the contact details below.

General enquiries: 020 8725 0025; stgh-tr.stgeorgespru@nhs.net

Clinical enquiries: 020 8725 5106; immunologyclinicalenquiries@stgeorges.nhs.uk (secure domain)

Immunology Manager: Laura Kirsopp 020 8725 1918

SWLP Immunology Clinical Lead/Director Protein Reference Unit: Dr Rachel Wheeler 020 8725 1870.

Summary of changes

Changes to reference range, method and/or units

AssayUnitsReference rangeMethod
MPO antibodiesIU/ml0-5.9Bioflash immunoassay
PR3 antibodiesIU/ml0-4.9Bioflash immunoassay
GBM antibodiesCU0-19.9Bioflash immunoassay
dsDNA antibodiesIU/ml0-35Bioflash immunoassay
ENA antibodies* (Ro52, Ro60, Sm, RNP)CU<20Bioflash immunoassay
Centromere antibodies*CU<20Bioflash immunoassay
Complement C3g/L0.9-1.8BNII rate nephelometer
Complement C4g/L0.10-0.40BNII rate nephelometer
Rheumatoid factorIU/ml0-16BNII rate nephelometer
Alpha-1 antitrypsin concentrationg/LNo changeBNII rate nephelometer
*Reported as qualitative results

Analyser upgrades

Optilite for serum free light chains

Capillarys 3 Octa for serum protein electrophoresis

Bioflash analyser for autoantibodies

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