The administration department covers four main areas:
Specimen reception: This area has responsibility for the overall receipt and distribution of specimens and samples received into the department. Also supplying wards and GP surgeries with request forms and sample collection media.
Phlebotomy services: A ‘walk-in’ phlebotomy (blood test) clinic service with fast tracking for patients attending Clinical Haematology out-patient clinics or the Anticoagulant Clinic.
General administration: supporting the disciplines within pathology with a distribution service of patient results and information.
IT: Responsible for developing, supporting and maintaining laboratory systems within pathology, and supporting electronic reporting mechanisms to the Trust and GPs.
The department provides diagnostic and screening services for a wide range of non-gynae specimens to both hospital and GP users, and community clinics throughout West Berkshire. The consultants support a weekly rapid diagnosis breast clinic.
The department provides a comprehensive routine diagnostic service to hospitals, GPs, community and outreach clinics in the west berkshire area. This includes rapid frozen section diagnosis and Immunocytochemistry service.
The mortuary suite is located on the first level in the south wing of the Royal Berkshire Hospital and includes coroner’s office and coroner’s officers. The department provides a comprehensive service for the Royal Berkshire NHS Trust and local authorities to meet the requirements of hospital staff, HM coroners and the local community. There are facilities and appropriately qualified staff to carry out post-mortem examinations for both the Trust and local authorities and facilities for bodies to be viewed or identified by relatives or friends.
The department provides a comprehensive service that includes:
The department provide a comprehensive service that includes:
The microbiology department provides a comprehensive clinical service dealing with the diagnosis, treatment, management and prevention of infectious diseases. A consultant microbiologist heads the department and a consultant microbiologist has nominated infection control responsibilities.
The microbiology laboratory examines a range of specimens mainly for the purpose of infectious disease diagnosis and treatment. Various techniques are employed looking for the presence of potentially pathogenic micro organisms including bacteria, fungi, parasites and viruses.
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