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Dr Rachel Wheeler

Clinical Lead for Immunology and PRU

BA(Cantab), MSc, PhD, FRCPath

Based at: St George's Hospital

Rachel is a Consultant Clinical Scientist in Immunology, with a specialist interest in cryoproteins. She has worked in the department since 2005, was appointed as a Consultant in February 2018 and succeeded Dr Joanna Sheldon as Clinical Lead in June 2020.

Rachel studied Natural Sciences at Cambridge University, before moving to Manchester for her PhD. Her PhD work looked at the role of cytokines in the central nervous system, and she continued this work as a postdoctoral fellow at Montreal Neurological Institute in Canada.

Rachel started training as a Clinical Scientist under Dr. Joanna Sheldon in 2005. Her training included a placement at Great Ormond Street Hospital where, together with Dr Kimberly Gilmour, she developed a novel screening test for patients with primary haemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH).

Rachel has a specialist interest in the use of protein electrophoresis in diagnostics, particularly relating to myeloma and cryoglobulins.

Latest news

May 4, 2022

SWLP Point of Care Testing Team runs first community diagnostic outreach clinic

South West London CCG ran their first diagnostic outreach clinic in the community supported by our Point of Care Testing (POCT) team testing at-risk groups for diabetes. The clinic was run at a Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wandsworth where 34 members of the community were tested. Of that 34, 32 had abnormal results and two […]

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April 5, 2022

Reducing blood product wastage at Croydon Hospital

The team in Blood Transfusion at Croydon Hospital have been working hard to reduce wastage of blood products. They have been doing this by reassessing the holding stock levels, rotation of stock and usage of short-dated units. Procedural changes were put in place in December 2020 and there has already been a significant reduction in […]

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March 23, 2022

Pledia FIT testing system goes live in Microbiology

The Pledia Faecal Immunochemical Testing (FIT) system has now gone live in Microbiology. The new analyser can process 320 samples in an hour and 200 samples can be loaded at one time.

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February 3, 2022

Immunology article published in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry

Some of our team in Immunology and PRU have had an article published in the Annals of Clinical Biochemistry. The article looks at how one of the newest myeloma drugs interfered with monitoring of a myeloma patient at the St George’s Hospital.

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