Cardiff Porphyria Diagnostic Service

University Hospital of Wales (UHW)

The laboratory provides a comprehensive analytical and clinical advisory service and has a research interest in all the porphyrias. The analytical service comprises both biochemical porphyrin analysis and genetic investigation of all the genes responsible for porphyrias. UKAS accreditation has been achieved with the Department of Medical Biochemistry and there is a full programme of specialist quality assurance.

Enquiries and comments on any aspect of the service are welcome and a booklet describing the services in detail is available on request or can be downloaded from the Cardiff Porphyria website:

Cardiff is one of two centres designated  to provide a national clinical service for patients with active acute porphyria (acute intermittent porphyria, variegate porphyria, hereditary coproporphyria).
The other center is at King’s College Hospital in London. Out of hours clinical advice can be obtained via the UHW switchboard on 00 44 (0)29 20747747

The group also collaborates with the Welsh Medicines Information Centre (WMIC) to maintain up to date information on drug safety in the acute porphyrias.  The current safe drug list available within the Porphyria section of the website:

Director: Dr M Badminton
Tel: 029 2074 6588

Deputy Director: Dr S Whatley

Department of Medical Biochemistry and Immunology,
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park,
CF14 4XW

DNA Laboratory: 029 2074 2811
Biochemistry Laboratory: 029 2074 3565
Fax: 029 2074 8383