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SaS LogoSUPRA-REGIONAL ASSAY SERVICE (SAS) FOR TRACE ELEMENTS

 

The Trace Element Laboratory at Guildford is part of the Supra-Regional Assay Service (www.sas-centre.org).  The laboratory specialises in the measurement and interpretation of trace elements in clinical samples from patients throughout the UK.  This includes but is not limited to the determination of: copper, zinc and selenium for nutritional investigations, cobalt, chromium and titanium in patients with metal-on-metal hip replacements; lead, mercury, arsenic and other toxic elements in occupational and toxicological studies.  The laboratory has the facilities for the measurement of a wide range of other trace elements in blood, serum, urine, tissue biopsy, hair and nail samples.

 

The laboratory also runs the UK NEQAS Trace Elements scheme which includes the analytes; zinc, copper, selenium, lead, mercury and other elements in serum, whole blood and urine.  Further details on the scheme can be found on the scheme website (www.surreyeqas.org.uk).

 

CONSULTANTS AND SENIOR STAFF





 
(TBC), Consultant Clinical Scientist, Director.



 



 Dr Chris Harrington PhD, MRSC, FRCPath, Principal Healthcare Scientist, Deputy Director.



 



Mr Geoff Carpenter, Senior Biomedical Scientist.

 

TECHNICAL & CLINICAL QUERIES

 



Telephone Number:     01483 689978



 



Fax Number:              01483 689979

 

LABORATORY WORKING HOURS





 
MON, TUE, WED, THU, FRI : 08:00 – 17:00

In non-core hours, or for emergency analyses, this can be arranged by contacting the Biochemistry Department at the Royal Surrey County Hospital 01483 571122 and ask to speak to the main pathology laboratory.

 

CLINICAL INFORMATION, SPECIMEN COLLECTION AND DESPATCH

 



The SAS Clinical and Analytical Handbook for Trace Elements contains useful information relating to clinical aspects, specimen collection and reference ranges.  Much of the content is available at the SAS website (www.sas-centre.org).



 



Further information regarding specimen and transportation requirements can be found in the BSPS test directory at www.nhspathology.fph.nhs.uk and www.assayfinder.com

Samples can be sent to the laboratory by Royal Mail, or courier. Patient samples should be labelled with three points of identification.

 

EMAIL ADDRESS

 

rsc-tr.TraceElements@nhs.net

 

POSTAL ADDRESS

SAS Trace Elements Laboratory



Surrey Research Park



15 Frederick Sanger Road



Guildford



Surrey



GU2 7YD 



 



 







Samples should be sent in packaging that is compliant with current postal regulations.