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The Clinical Biochemistry service has laboratories on both Trust acute sites: at Maidstone hospital and at Pembury at Tunbridge Wells hospital, providing a comprehensive clinical service to the hospitals, the local Clinical Commissioning Group and the community by screening, diagnosing/excluding disease and monitoring response to treatment and drug therapy. Some specialist investigations are provided through arrangements with specialised laboratories throughout the UK.

The majority of requests originating in primary care are transported directly to the main automated laboratory at Maidstone Hospital. Inpatient and outpatient work is conducted on the originating site. There is 24 hour support 365 days a year on both sites for urgent patient management.

The department is assessed by the National Pathology accreditation body United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) against ISO 15189:2012 standards.

See UKAS Scope of accreditation

See UKAS Certificate of accreditation

Guidelines and protocols

Acute Kidney Injury AKI staging system

Cushings Screening Suspected Hypercorticolism 1.4

eGRF (for staging and managment of chronic Kidney Disease) eGFR staging

Glucose Tolerance Test for Diabetes

Vitamin D guidelines for low levels – please contact laboratory


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Tests available and Sample collection techniques

For Test repertoire and general sample collection instructions, including order of draw of blood bottles click here

Random Urine collection instructions

Communication of critical and unexpected results

There are published criteria for communicating critical and unexpected results. See Telephone Limits