Chemical Pathology


A requestable test profile consisting of:

  • Total protein
  • Albumin
  • Alkaline phosphatase
  • Calcium (Total and adjusted)

NB: Phosphate should be independently requested if also required.

Sample requirements

Blood samples should ideally be collected without venous stasis (no tourniquet) for accurate assessment of serum proteins and calcium).

For adults, blood taken into a 5mL gold top tube (rust top for the Acute Unit)

5ml gold tube

For children, blood taken into a 3.5mL rust top tube

3.5ml rust top tube

For neonates, blood taken into a 0.8mL minicollect lithium heparin tube

0.8ml minicollect tube


Do not store but sent at ambient temperature to the laboratory.

Required information

Relevant clinical details including medication.

Turnaround times

The assays are run throughout the day and night.

The in-lab turnaround time is less than 24 hours.

The panel can be ordered as an urgent request.

Reference ranges

Please refer to individual test web pages.

Further information

Please refer to individual test web pages.

Page last updated 18/06/2018