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Date: 29 February 2020
Clinical laboratory services: biochemistry and endocrinology
Clinical Biochemistry is a CPA (UK) Ltd. accredited clinical laboratory service that uses biochemical analysis to provide results used for the diagnosis and monitoring of disease. The laboratory is automated for the majority of tests but some testing requires more complex apparatus and manual techniques.
The department actively promotes and supports Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) managing blood gas analysers across multiple hospital sites, blood glucose, ketone and INR testing meters and provides an on-site laboratory service in the Diabetes Centre.
The department provides a comprehensive clinical biochemistry service to the Trust. In addition, a full service is provided to the South Birmingham Community Trust, the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and GP practices. The department also provides specialist services including endocrinology to other hospitals in Birmingham, the West Midlands Region, the rest of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The department provides a clinical advisory service, which includes the clinical interpretation of results, advice on the appropriate selection of laboratory tests and investigation and monitoring strategies for individual patients and for specific diseases. There is close liaison with clinicians and other healthcare personnel within the Trust, the community and in other hospitals to ensure best practice in the use of the Clinical Biochemistry Service, for clinical governance and clinical audit purposes and ensure that the clinical biochemistry service is an integrated component of patient care pathways.