Screening for Monkeypox by PCR (MPXV)

Friday, 22 July 2022

A definite diagnosis of monkeypox requires specialist testing in the laboratory. This is now being undertaken by TDL.

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Neisseria gonorrhoea cultures – update regarding national supply concerns

Friday, 22 July 2022

The laboratory has now received a limited supply of alternative media.

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10 years of offering the Harmony NIPT test

Friday, 15 July 2022

TDL is pleased to recognise 10 years of offering the Harmony® Non-Invasive Prenatal Test.

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Neisseria gonorrhoea cultures – national supply concerns

Friday, 15 July 2022

We have been informed by the supplier of our microbiology media of an immediate discontinuation of their product used for antibiotic sensitivity testing on N. Gonorrhoea isolates.

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UKCA marked self-collection sample kits

Friday, 15 July 2022

We have started introducing new UKCA test kits with all versions available to practices, or patients, with future kit orders.

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Transition to UKCA-marked sample collection kits

Friday, 01 July 2022

As part of the transition to the supply of UKCA pathology self-collection kits, all kits will now be supplied with both an Expiry date and Lot/Batch number.

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COVID-19 Testing

Friday, 17 June 2022

The COVID laboratory continues to offer testing services for COVID-19 PCR (NCOV) and COVID-19 Antibodies (SCOV) with 24 hour turnaround times from the time of sample receipt.

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Hepatitis C Antigen (HCAG)

Friday, 17 June 2022

The manufacture and availability of Hep C Core Antigen reagents has been restored.

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Down’s Risk Screening (DRP)

Monday, 23 May 2022

The antenatal screening service carried out by the Wolfson Institute is being discontinued in June 2022 and all samples for Down’s Risk Screening (first or second trimester) will be referred to the specialist service at Addenbrooke’s Hospital from 23rd May 2022.

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Multiplex (HIV / Hep B / Hep C PCR Early) Detection Screening

Monday, 23 May 2022

TDL test code STDX is now being processed as an in-house assay. There is no change to methodology (NAAT) or sample requirement. TAT remains unchanged.

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Esoteric referred tests

Monday, 23 May 2022

Following a review of the contracts with referral laboratories, we have identified two laboratories that whilst being ‘GDPR Compliant’, do not follow the typical data model.

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Allergy testing: The ALEX2 test

Monday, 23 May 2022

The ALEX2 test allows for IgE multiplexing of c300 allergens (extracts and molecular allergens) from
a small volume serum sample.

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Discontinued tests 2021–2022

Monday, 23 May 2022

A summary of some rarer tests that have had their availability discontinued in 2021/2022 for various reasons.

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T cells: T-SPOT COVID test

Monday, 23 May 2022

The T-SPOT®.COVID test, for qualitative detection of a cell mediated (T cell) immune response to SARS CoV-2 in whole blood, now includes detection of immune response after vaccine.

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Microbiology: Culture for Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma and Trichomonas vaginalis

Monday, 23 May 2022

Culture for Mycoplasma, Ureaplasma and Trichomonas vaginalis has been replaced by more sensitive and specific targeted PCR testing.

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Down’s Risk Profile: Interpretation of Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13

Monday, 17 January 2022

TDL has been notified of a change in the reporting process for Down’s Risk Profile (DRP), effective 17th January 2022.

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COVID-19 Travel Testing with TDL

Tuesday, 05 October 2021

The Regulations for Travel Testing are complex and continue to change. The DHSC updated the private sector provider minimum standards for travel testing on 4 October 2021.

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COVID-19 spike antibody test: Roche Elecsys Anti-SARS-CoV-2-S

Wednesday, 27 January 2021

Introducing a new test for the quantitative determination of antibodies against the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein - Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S.

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Haemophilia and Thrombosis Genetics

Friday, 08 January 2021

Our Genetics teams are using high-throughput sequencing to combine the testing for rare bleeding, platelet and thrombosis disorders into a single workflow.

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Rapid testing for leukaemia

Thursday, 07 January 2021

Our Haem-Oncology team is introducing rapid genetic testing to help with the treatment management of leukaemia patients.

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TDL Tinies™ and Self-collection samples

Wednesday, 29 April 2020

An increased range of tests using remote testing/self-taken small volume blood samples (home collection) and postal pathology has been developed using TDL TINIES

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Lactose intolerance and genetic testing (LCT Gene)

Tuesday, 28 April 2020

TDL Genetics offers a genetic  test to assist in the diagnosis  of primary lactose intolerance  in both children and adults.   

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Quantitative Faecal Immunochemical Test (qFIT)

Monday, 06 April 2020

Bowel cancer is the fourth most common cancer in the UK but too often colorectal cancer is detected at
a late stage making it the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK

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