Healthcare Science Week 2021 – Pathology

What is Pathology?

There are 19 different specialities under the umbrella of Pathology, including:

  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Haematology
  • Medical microbiology
  • Transfusion medicine
  • Histopathology
  • Cytopathology
  • Immunology
  • And many more…

Did you know…

  • Around 95% of clinical pathways rely on patients having access to pathology services.
  • 14 tests for each person in England and Wales are performed annually.
  • 300,000 tests are performed every working day, that’s around 1 billion tests per year
  • These tests cost around £2.2 billion a year

Our staff are amazing, all the time, across many staff groups:

  • Medical laboratory support workers
  • Medical laboratory assistants
  • Secretarial and administrative
  • Associate practitioners
  • Trainees
  • Phlebotomists
  • Anatomical pathology technicians
  • Biomedical scientists
  • Clinical scientists
  • Clinical fellows
  • Consultant pathologists

Pathology has also been involved in looking after the environment. Historically, Pathology has employed a single containment system for submitted bloods from primary care by use of plastic bags. Over the course of a year almost 780,000 specimen bags are sent to the Blood Sciences laboratories which is more than enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool!

Added on 12 March 2021, in News - General News

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