Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory

The Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory is a CPA accredited laboratory located in the Department of Clinical Sciences at The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine. 

The laboratory offers a referral service for the identification of a wide range of human parasites from clinical specimens. 

The laboratory participates in the external NEQAS quality assurance schemes for blood parasitology, faecal parasitology, malaria rapid diagnostic tests (RDT’s) and parasite serology. The laboratory accepts samples from NHS and PHE laboratories, private hospitals, and private laboratories.

The laboratory cannot accept samples directly from patients; samples must be referred to the laboratory by a health professional. 

Examples of tests performed at the Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory:

  • Blood Parasite diagnosis : Malaria, African Trypanosomes and Filariasis
  • Faecal Parasite diagnosis : Faecal microscopy direct examination and / or concentration for parasites (including hot stool), Culture for Strongyloides / Hookworm, Faecal staining methods, Enterobius microscopy
  • Urine techniques : Including filtration for Schistosomiasis
  • Leishmania diagnosis  : Including Microscopy and PCR
  • Faecal Antigen detection : For Entamoeba histolytica and Giardia lamblia
  • Parasite antibody detection : Including Strongyloides, Hydatid, Schistosomiasis, Filariasis, Fasciola, Amoebiasis, Leishmaniasis, African Trypanosomiasis, Malaria and Trypanosoma cruzi
  • Other sample Microscopy for parasites : Including Semen, Sputum  , Histology, Insects, Whole worms / proglottids and Amoebiasis 

The handbook (see 'downloads' below) aims to provide help and advice for users of our service. Information contained in this handbook should help the user understand the requirements needed for the diagnostic parasitology services offered by the laboratory. Also included is information regarding interpretation of results. This handbook should assist with pre-examination and post-examination information needed by the user. If users require any additional information that is not provided in this handbook then they should contact the laboratory for advice.

Contact Details

Clinical Diagnostic Parasitology Laboratory,
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine,
Pembroke Place,
L3 5QA

Tel: 0151 705 3220
Fax: 0151 705 3241


LSTM Diagnostic Laboratory,
DX 6966301
Liverpool 92L

A charge is made for all laboratory services, for current prices please contact the laboratory.

Reports are processed and issued as soon as results are available and have been authorised. Copies can be issued if required please contact the laboratory if this is needed.