Laboratory tests have different TAT depending on; Type of test, number of patients carrying out similar test, performance of quality control and doctor’s requirements;
- The laboratory technologist/ attendant collecting/ handling your sample will give you the specific TAT. This information is also available in our Laboratory Users’ Guide and in our website.
- We give priority to emergency tests and urgent tests as indicated by the doctor or patients condition.
- If our Quality Control (Q/C) shows failure, we have to take corrective action until Q/C passes then we run the tests. We keep our clients informed of these or any other delays.
Equipped with ultra modern state of the art analyzers; Architect C8000 is fully automated with ability to perform 1200 tests per hour, broad based test menu and is user friendly. It is backed up by the COBAS INTEGRA 400 plus. The minicap equipment runs electrophoresis tests.
The general chemistry test menu here includes-Liver functions tests, Renal, Lipid, Cardiac, Bone metabolism, amylase/lipase, Glucose, CRP and HBAIC. Also tests introduced are IgM, IgG, IgA, C3, C4, Lithium and Transferrin. The C8000 plays a major role in realizing customer expectations by providing effective, efficient and reliable diagnosis.
The section’s main functions are specialized tests including; Immunology, Endocrinology, drugs of abuse, therapeutic drugs, serology and out sourced tests.
The Hospital management continuously modernizes this section so that the rare tests being outsourced by other hospitals to overseas are tested routinely inhouse in our Lab with one day turnaround time (TAT).
Some of newly added tests include;
- Parathyroid Hormone
- Adrenocorticotropic Hormone
- Anti CCP (anti cyclic citrulinated peptide)
- NT PRO BNP
- ANCA (Anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody)
- Complement 3 and 4.
- Varicella Zooster (Chicken Pox)
- Mycoplasma pneumoniae
The section is currently testing viral load tests for HIV, Human Papilloma Virus, Dengue, MRSA, Candida, Aspergillus, Chlamydia, Salmonella, Hepatitis C and Hepatitis B. It also tests Hepatitis C genotyping, HIV genotyping (HIV drug resistant test) and TB Genotyping.
Apart from the routine sample process and culture on Agar plate, we take pride in having a semi-automated, Vitek II for culture & Identification of micro-organisms, Blood culture machine Bact/alert 3D, which identifies a positive growth on blood cultures in 1-3 days, a shorter time than the usual manual method. The Bact/alert 3D has an in-built incubator and reads the cultures every 15 minutes using the optical system, which gives a wavelength that is converted into a reading. The equipment also tests for TB culture in blood.
The section also has Affirm DNA for Vaginitis test, which include tests for Trichomonas vaginalis, Candida, Gardnarella vaginalis, Chlamydia antigen and streptococcus Group “B” antigen. With the PREVI colourgram, the automated gramstainer, the section is able to process gramstain slides and issue results within 2 to 4 hours. The section also has a TB Lab that is equipped with BACTEC MGIT equipment for TB Culture, GeneXpert for TB PCR and the reports are ready with 4hours and the HAIN equipment for MRSA and TB drug resistance testing.
The section is highly specialized in routine haematology, blood transfusion, Immuno haematology and special haematology techniques. The routine haematology tests have a very short turnaround time. The Section is leading in the region in blood coagulation techniques and the consultant haematologist gives all required clinical comments to the generated reports. With a highly organized blood donor services, the unit ensures our transfusion services meet the needs of all our hospital clients.