Chemical Pathology

Introduction

Chemical Pathology forms part of the Blood Sciences Department which is situated within the Pathology Directorate on the first floor of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

The Chemical Pathology department analyses blood and other body fluids to determine the homeostasis of the numerous metabolic processes of the body.

Advia 2400 Chemistry AnalyserDue to the large number of samples analysed daily, much of the analysis is automated enabling the small team of Biomedical Scientists to perform many thousands of tests per hour for patients from both within the hospital and from the local community.

Analysis of the samples occurs on a combination of different analytical platforms all of which utilise various analytical principles.

The Chemical Pathology department offers a large repertoire of analytes, the majority of which are measured in-house to help to ensure the best possible service and turnaround times for our users. For the less common tests, these are referred to various specialist laboratories around the United Kingdom following the completion of the available in-house tests first.

Many of the individual analytes are grouped into test profiles. The profiles have been developed to assist the clinician in reaching a diagnosis when used in conjunction with the clinical examination and any further diagnostic services available.

The laboratory uses a number of testing strategies to streamline the analytical process. It also processes samples from dynamic function tests which are required for the investigation of certain, usually endocrine, conditions.