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#HCSweek19 - Laboratory medicine

Testing within laboratory medicine assists with 80% of all diagnoses. The laboratory medicine team work together to help in the diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of disease by performing a range of scientific tests and providing advice on scientific investigations. There are many specialisms within laboratory medicine including haematology, clinical biochemistry, immunology, histology, microbiology, virology and genetics. These departments process a wide range of blood, body fluids, tissues and other specimens using high-tech automated analysers, microscopes and manual techniques so that prompt and correct care can be provided for patients.

The scientific tests performed help to determine the appropriate course of therapy for many conditions. For example, the correct choice of an antibiotic for an infection, or the issue of blood products to support patients on chemotherapy. The department also supports a wide range of research going on across the trust by performing specific tests so that as a hospital we can improve our patient's care.

The laboratory medicine team is made up of a number of healthcare science staff including medical laboratory assistants, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, research scientists and clinicians who all coordinate their work to ensure that the thousands of specimens received in the laboratory on a daily basis are processed in an accurate and timely manner.