Cardiff UHW Hormone and Steroid Laboratory

University Hospital of Wales (UHW)

The Supra Regional Assay Service (SAS) is part of the Endocrine Section in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at the University Hospital of Wales and was formed by an amalgamation of the SAS polypeptide hormone laboratory and the SAS steroid laboratory (Tenovus) in 1996. There are strong links with the Cardiff University School of Medicine with regular review of cases, service development and research. The designated SAS Services are: thyroglobulin (comprising measurement of thyroglobulin and thyroglobulin antibodies), insulin and c-peptide and 17(OH) progesterone in serum, blood spot and salivary specimens. Recent additions to the laboratories SAS repertoire include a specialist service for the molecular investigation of hyperthyroidism comprising TSH-R antibodies (TRAb) and TSH-R sequencing. The SAS diagnostic service includes an advisory function performed and co-ordinated by the director, supported by Clinical Associates who are expert endocrinologists. In addition to the SAS Service we provide a comprehensive endocrine service at a local and regional level. The laboratory services are CPA accredited and there is a full programme of quality assurance.

Director: Dr Carol Evans

Dept of Medical Biochemistry
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park
CF14 4XW

Fax: 029 20 748383
Tel: 029 20 748367

Assays offered:

17a-Hydroxyprogesterone Serum

17a-Hydroxyprogesterone Saliva

Insulin and C-peptide


TSH receptor Antibodies (TRAbs)

TSH receptor sequencing