Clinical biochemistry


Clinical biochemistry provides a wide range of analytical services for diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease for both in-patients and out-patients.

The department has an active role in many research projects and clinical studies throughout the UK.

Local clinical lead

Dr Jackie Donovan, consultant clinical scientist

Tel: 020 7351 8418

Opening hours for routine investigations

Royal Brompton Hospital
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5.30pm

Harefield Hospital
Monday to Friday: 9am to 5pm

An emergency service is available outside these hours. Clinical advice on interpretation of results is available 24 hours a day.

Our developments

The department has developed the measurement of cardiac troponins to assess cardiac damage during surgery enabling development of surgical methods which least harm the heart. It has also used the measurement of BNP, derived from the ventricles, to serve as an earlier marker of left ventricular failure than conventional ECHO methods.

Clinical biochemistry has developed an assay for prednisolone to assess non-compliance of asthmatic patients and to help delineate the problem of drug-resistant asthma. The department is involved in over 50 collaborative projects and many of the specialist assays are offered throughout the UK.

Chemical biochemistry location details
Royal Brompton:
 Level 2, Sydney Street wing
Harefield Hospital: Pathology block

Contact details
Tel: Royal Brompton

+44 (0)2073518411
Tel: Harefield
+44 (0)1895 828876