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Innovation & Service User Feedback

Your feedback to us has always been important. Regular presence at the IBMS biennial meeting in Birmingham and ACB Focus meetings have been a very key way of meeting users and getting feedback. As we work to incorporate ISO 15189 into our Quality System, we have focussed even more on how we can gain appropriate feedback from users. Ideally we want systems that allow continuous input of comments on our services.  So, we have invented the 'Innovation & Feedback Postcard'. This is designed for everyone.

If you would like to feedback to us, be it a suggestion for improving our service or comment on something we do well, we would really appreciate it if you could write it on a postcard and pop it in the post to us! Download the Service User Feedback postcard here..

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SWBH Pathology TV News

We now have a SWBH Pathology TV News You Tube channel. We have a monthly feature giving details of our statistics for legal highs. We have also been producing a range of videos looking at various aspects of our service. To view the channel please click here...

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Legal High Service Update

New Repertoire for Drugs of Abuse Screening Oral Fluid & Urine

We are the only UK clinical laboratory that offers a legal high service and we take referral samples from across the UK. If you would like to help us create awareness please download our informaiton sheet and circulate by email or any other means here...

Substances Added To Repertoire


What You Get

LC-MS/MS Drug Screen

25 test profile including 5 key "legal highs"


1,300 test screen looking for drugs and metabolites including 130 legal highs

Unknown Srug Screen

Both the above and futher tests on DAD and GC as appropriate

 Repertoire changes reflect current legal highs on sale in the UK. We are seeing positive samples from patients presenting having used legal high smoking products containing AKB-48, 5F-AKB-48 and STS-135 on a daily basis. MPA and ethylphenidate we see particlarly in many patients taking legal high powder and tablets.

For detailed enquiries about our Toxicology service please Email:  or Telephone: 0121 507 4138.



Legal High Game Over Video

We have been helping with a campaign to create public awareness about the challenging issues with legal high use in the UK at the present time. See the you tube video Legal High Game Over here.....


This somewhat hard hitting short film features BBC Television Presenter Kay Alexander along with our very own Consultant Clinical Biochemist Dr Jonathan Berg, Dirty Sanchez and Birmingham & Solihull Senior Coroner Louise Hunt.

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E-Cig Refill Research Chemicals Sold in UK "Head Shops"

Current substances being sold as research chemicals by "head shops" include a number of products where chemicals with cannabis-like (THCs) receptor activity have been added to plant material, which may then be smoked or taken in some other way.

5p-AKB-48 and AKB-48 vapor refill SWBH Toxicology

SWBH Biochemistry staff purchase a vapour refill in a Birmingham "head shop" which contained the active ingredients AKB-48 and 5F-AKB-48, confirmed by LC-QTOF.

Of great concern are "research chemicals" on sale in Birmingham in the form of e-cigarette (vapour) refills.  We have previously received vapour devices for analysis but this is the first direct evidence that shops as well as internet sites are stocking these products. The use of vapour devices for drug delivery other than nicotine and "juice" is potentially a very big area of concern and is featured on our latest You Tube video.....



Ethylene Glycol and Diethylene Glycol

Our Toxicology Laboratory offers a service for plasma ethylene glycol and diethylene glycol. During working hours turn round is 2 hours. Out of normal working hours and at weekends we try and provide a service but this depends on staff availability, you can discuss these requirements with the Consultant Biochemist On-Call through the SWBH Switchboard (Tel: 0121 554 3801).

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Vitamin D Dried Blood Spot Public Service

Our direct to the public service for serum 25-hydroxy Vitamin D based on dried blood spots has been running since July 2011. This service is available to UK and overseas members of the public click here....

 Vitamin D on my iphone  If you would like to undertake the test please click here......

    SWBH NHS Trust 2017