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To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your healthcare, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the tests that you may have done and give you a better understanding of your test results.

Laboratories are typically divided into sections or departments according to scientific discipline. Sometimes, the labs collaborate. In leukaemia, for instance, haematology, biochemistry, molecular pathology, cytogenetics, immunology and microbiology...
Collection Specimen collectors (phlebotomists) are expert in all types of collection but especially blood collection (phlebotomy). Some may have a nursing background but most have been trained by one of the pathology organisations or by external...
What is point-of-care testing? Point of care testing (POCT) is defined as diagnostic testing that is performed at or near to the site of the patient with the result leading to a potential change in the care of that patient. Essentially it is a...
Pathology testing is undertaken for many different reasons. It may be to assist in the diagnosis of a disease or to monitor changes in a previously diagnosed disease. When using pathology tests to assist in the diagnosis of a disease the doctor...
Quality Assurance comprises everything that the laboratory does to assure a high quality service to its users. There are two kinds of process, Internal Quality Control (IQC) and External Quality Assessment (EQA). Each day laboratories analyse IQC...
Key statistical concepts To be confidently used in medical decision-making, test methods must meet tough standards of statistical reliability.
All patients in the UK have the right to see their own test results. Historically this has been in the form of paper reports given to patients by their GP or hospital clinician, but results are now increasingly available directly online via GP record...
When your GP (or other healthcare professional) requests you have a blood or other type of pathology test it will almost certainly be transported to and analysed in a hospital laboratory using equipment that can analyse many different tests on the...
For all pathology tests it is very important that your identity is confirmed before someone takes the sample. For example, directly after a blood test is taken, the blood sample should be labelled by the collector, with your correct details...
Overview What seems like a simple medical test to the average adult can be significantly more challenging to the elderly person whose health is more frail. Here are a few reasons to take extra care when an older person requires a medical test. This...