Core Biochemistry

Core Biochemistry operates 24 hours, 7 days a week. The department provides both high volume and urgent testing for the CDHB’s hospitals, the 24 Hour Surgery and supports primary care via the Acute Demand Service.

As well as automated chemistry and immunoassay tests, the department provides a range of more specialist tests such as osmolarity, blood gasses, CSF xanthochromia screening and foetal fibronectin.

The team of scientists and technicians, supported by our Chemical Pathologists, work closely with the Emergency Department, the Serology team and our Microbiologists, to ensure that critical results are available no matter what time of the day it may be.

Core Biochemistry’s test repertoire covers a wide range of assays and includes:

  • General metabolites
  • Liver enzymes
  • Cardiac markers
  • Lipids
  • Iron studies
  • Vitamin B12 & Folate
  • Vitamin D
  • Therapeutic drugs
  • Antibiotic Assays
  • Tumour markers
  • Thyroid tests
  • Serological markers
  • Lipase