The pathology or clinical laboratory provides diagnostic facilities for specimens of blood, body fluids, infected material and biopsies, or organs removed at operation. It is under the direction of a medically qualified pathologist who is responsible for technical services in the divisions of bacteriology and serology, blood transfusion and haematology, clinical chemistry, cytology and histopathology.
Modern auto-analysers ensure a rapid response to routine measurements in clinical chemistry, serology and microbiology, where automated microbial identification, very rapid antibiotic sensitivities and monitoring of blood cultures are available.
The histological service reports specimens (received fixed) usually within 24 hours provided they arrive before 13.00 hrs on weekdays.
A cytological service for cervical (Papanicolaou) smears and for fine needle aspirates (by arrangement) is available.
For tests infrequently requested, or of unusual complexity, links are maintained with European and United Kingdom reference laboratories and specimens can usually be reported (by fax) within 4 days.
A service for cytogenetic specimens is now well-established with a specialist laboratory in the United Kingdom and blood karyotypes, amniotic fluid and chorionic villus samples are handled.
Among its other activities, the laboratory runs routine microbiology testing for potable waters and is prepared to consider proposals for non-medical testing of food-stuffs and items of public health interest.
The laboratory is subject to quality control from two major United Kingdom sources which monitor performance of U.K. National Health Trusts as well as many private and overseas hospital laboratories.
The Consultant Pathologist is happy to assist clients to find solutions to analytical and diagnostic problems and can be approached directly at 06-5619999 ext. 8128.