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Our Clinical Biochemistry service has laboratories at Maidstone Hospital and 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.

Information about UKAS accredited repertoire scope.

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

Available to hospital users only

Communication of critical and unexpected results

There are published criteria for communicating critical and unexpected results. See telephone limits.