King’s College Hospital Porphyria Service

The porphyria service is one of four Supraregional Assay Service (SAS) designated sections within the Department of Clinical Biochemistry and one of only two SAS porphyria laboratories in the UK. Intermediates of haem biosynthesis are measured in biological specimens (urine, faeces and blood) using techniques such as ion-exchange chromatography, fluorimetry and HPLC. The laboratory is CPA accredited and participates in the Welsh External Quality Assessment Scheme (WEQAS) for porphyrins.

The laboratory operates in conjunction with an outpatients clinic for porphyria patients that receives referrals from many parts of the UK. A network of specialists with an interest in porphyria has been established, consisting of a gynaecologist, neurologist, dermatologist etc. The laboratory has a strong research link with a major interest in clinical and diagnostic aspects of the porphyrias.

Director: Dr David Rees
+44 (0)20 7346 3856

Deputy Director: Dr Joanne Marsden

Dept of Clinical Biochemistry,
King’s College Hospital,

Tel: +44 (0)20 7737 4000
Fax: +44 (0)20 7737 7434