Southampton University Hospital Trace Element Laboratory

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

The SAS Trace element Unit is part of the Division of Laboratory Medicine at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and has CPA accreditation.

We use inductively coupled mass spectrometry (ICP-MS) and atomic absorption spectroscopy to measure an extensive (33 in total) range of trace elements and stable isotopes in biological fluids and tissues. These include chromium, cobalt, copper, mercury, selenium, iodine, lead (including isotope ratios for sourcing lead, lead bullets and shot) titanium and zinc.

Performance is monitored by participation in a number of External Quality Assessment Schemes.

This comprehensive analytical repertoire is coupled with a clinical advisory service for patient management.

We also have a long track record in collaborative research in both clinical and environmental studies investigating the biological importance of Trace Elements.

We offer robust analytical methods with fast turnaround, appropriate for the clinical situation.

Laboratory Director: Dr Paul Cook, MBBS MSc PhD MRCP FRCPath
Section Leader: Dr Christine Sieniawska, BSc (Hons) MPhil PhD

Trace Element Unit
Division of Laboratory Medicine
University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust
Mail Point 804
Southampton General Hospital
Tremona Road
SO16 6YD

Laboratory Office:+44 (0)23 8079 6419
Laboratory:+44 (0)23 8079 6237
Fax: +44 (0)23 8079 6339