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Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical Biochemistry

Referral Process

By direct referral from General Practitioners or Hospital Clinicians or by Choose & Book

Patient Information Leaflets

Clinical Biochemistry, located in the Pathology block of the hospital, offers a high-quality analytical and clinical advice service to clinicians based at the Luton & Dunstable Hospital and surrounding area.  Rapid analysis of a wide range of biochemistry tests is available on site and numerous esoteric tests are referred to tertiary centre laboratories.

Staff  are  able  to  advise  on  appropriate  requests  and  specimen  requirements  for more unusual tests and the Consultants in Chemical Pathologist and Clinical Biochemistry offer results interpretation, clinical liaison and advice on how to further manage the patient.  Consultant advice can be obtained on a 24/7 basis.  The department also houses and leads on the immunology and POCT services.

The clinical staff in clinical biochemistry can provide advice and guidance on all areas of clinical biochemistry, but also have additional sub-specialist expertise as below:

Dr Danielle Freedman, Consultant Chemical Pathologist - Endocrinology, lipid and metabolic disease

Dr David Housley, Consultant Clinical Biochemist - Paediatrics, electrolyte, acid-base, critical care

Dr Helen Holt, Principal Clinical Biochemist - Nutrition, gastroenterology, quality

Rebecca Powney, Principal Clinical Biochemist - Paediatrics, critical care, diabetes   

The laboratory has full CPA accreditation and is approved by the Health Professions Council and the National School of Healthcare Science as a centre for training.  Our Point of Care Testing team (POCT) is experienced in maintenance and support of POCT equipment on wards and outside the hospital and can assist in keeping patients safe by ensuring best practice is observed when testing near to the patient.  We offer training and external quality assurance schemes for blood glucose and pregnancy tests performed in primary care. A comprehensive courier service to outlying clinics and surgeries ensure the rapid transport of pathological specimens to the main laboratory.


New patient clinics every Thursday afternoon to see patients with endocrine, thyroid, calcium and metabolic disease and lipid disorders.

Follow-up patient clinic every Wednesday afternoon.

Clinicians - Consultants/Specialist Nurses

ED Danielle Freedman

Useful numbers/contacts - All staff can be contacted via switchboard

General Manager: 
Kevin Nulty
01582 497387

Duty Biochemist: 
Bleep 237 via Hospital Switchboard

Laboratory and urgent issue contact:
01582 497119

Clinical Director: 
Dr Danielle Freedman

Consultant Clinical Biochemist: 
Dr David Housley
01582 497387

Outpatients booking department:
01582 561385 

01582 491166