Neurometabolic unit 

The Neurometabolic Unit is the only designated supra-regional laboratory in the UK for the investigation of neurometabolic disorders. It provides a unique range of investigations and clinical advice encompassing mitochondrial, neurotransmitter, pterin and amino acid disorders and utilises state-of-the-art analytical technologies. In addition to servicing the needs of UCLH Trust, due to its status as a UK referral centre, it receives clinical samples and requests for advice from all the major teaching hospitals and increasingly many district general, as well as international, hospitals.

The activities of the Unit support many groups within the NHNN and the wider activities of UCLH Trust. In particular, close clinical associations continue to be forged with our colleagues within the Movement Disorders, Muscle, Neurogenetic, Charles Dent Metabolic and Intensive Care Units.

On-going research programmes supplement and enhance the service provision. The laboratory has close collaborations with other specialist laboratories at NHNN and in the Queen Square area. Several members of staff have honorary or joint appointments with the Dept. of Chemical Pathology at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH). The laboratory also hosts the diagnostic mitochondrial biochemistry laboratories for the NHS Rare Mitochondrial Disorders Service in London.

Our user manual provides contact details for the laboratory, sample requirements, a list of full current test reportoire, methodology, and reporting times. For test prices, please contact Service manager.

Lab News:

The Neurometabolic laboratory service is adapting to meet changing needs and demands as they arise and is currently developing new methodologies to support patients through COVID-19 and beyond. We will publish changes here on our website.

Tests performed on our Xevo TQD Mass Spectrometer are now included in our scope of UKAS accrediation.

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 Contact details

Neurometabolic Unit (Box 105)
National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery
Albany Wing Basement Floor
Queen Square
London, WC1N 3BG

Patient enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3818

GP enquiries
Telephone: 020 3448 3818
Fax: 020 3448 4782

Other information

Service manager - Nana Ghansah