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Support Services: Laboratory Services

What tests are carried out by the laboratory?
The main sample processed by the laboratory is blood, however all other body fluids are also tested. The histology department also handles biopsies and tissue samples are carried out by the pathologists (in 2003 the laboratory performed 384,000 tests).

The laboratory handles all the standard routine tests, e.g. full blood count, cholesterol testing, bioprofile, and offers a fast turnaround time. The laboratory staff are always happy to advise on the selection and interpretation of tests. In addition to routine assays the laboratory offers a number of specialised services:

  • Phlebotomy Service available to inpatients and outpatients.
  • Autologous Transfusion is available to a patient who is undergoing elective surgery. The patient can donate blood in advance of the operation to ensure he/she will receive his/her own blood.
  • Warfarin Clinic provides a same day service for patients to have their blood taken and their drug dosage assessed and adjusted if necessary.
  • VISA Screens for people travelling to countries which require evidence of HIV/hepatitis B status.
  • Andrology Clinic assesses male fertility.
  • Allergy Screening consisting of both skin testing and blood testing (RAST test) to determine the causative agents of asthma, eczema, food intolerance, etc.
  • Sweat Test is used to diagnose cystic fibrosis
  • Cervical Cytology Screening

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