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Test and sample information

This is a searchable database of information about tests offered by Pathology at the Royal Derby Hospital. 

If there are any comments on specific test content please contact john.monaghan@nhs.net .

For further patient information on pathology tests please visit: www.labtestsonline.org.uk

TestSampleSample containerVolume requiredDiscipline
Potassium (urine)Urine24h urine / Plain containerUniversal containerBiochemistry
Pregnancy testingUrineUniversal container / 20mL white top5 mLBiochemistry
ProgesteroneBloodVacutainer / Red / Serum5 mLBiochemistry
ProlactinBloodVacutainer / Gold / SST6 mLBiochemistry
Prostate specific antigen (Free...BloodVacutainer / Gold / SST6 mLBiochemistry
Prostate specific antigen (PSA)BloodVacutainer / Gold / SST6 mLBiochemistry
Protein (CSF)CSFUniversal container / 20mL white top1 mLBiochemistry
Protein electrophoresis (serum)BloodVacutainer / Gold / SST6 mLBiochemistry
Protein/Creatinine ratioUrineUniversal container / 20mL white top2ml to 20mlBiochemistry
Purkinje cell antibodies (cerebellar...BloodVacutainer / Gold / SST10 mLImmunology
Pus for culturePusUniversal container / 30ml white top5-20 mlMicrobiology
Q feverBloodVacutainer / Red / Serum10 mlMicrobiology
RabiesBloodVacutainer/ Red/ Serum8 mlMicrobiology
RAST testsBloodVacutainer / Red / Serum5mLBiochemistry
Red cell essential fatty acidsBloodVacutainer / Lavender / EDTA1 mLBiochemistry
Reducing Substances (faeces)FaecesUniversal container / Faeces - with...5 gBiochemistry
Reducing Substances (urine)UrineUniversal container / 20mL white top2mLBiochemistry
Renal biopsy for immunofluorescent... Saline pot  
ReninBloodVacutainer / Lavender / EDTA4 mLBiochemistry
Respiratory PCR (virology)Throat swabViral culture media (red top)NAMicrobiology
Last modified: 02/08/2017