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Specialist biomedical scientist
Clinical immunology laboratory
Healthcare science specialism
The immune system
My role in the laboratory is to investigate patient blood samples for a range of disorders effecting the immune system.
Examples of our tests include:
Coeliac disease screening
Much of the work is carried out on automated analysers, allowing for a high through-put of samples each day. Other duties may involve carrying out routine maintenance on equipment, training junior staff and monitoring stock levels.
2020 was a challenging year for our department. Despite everything Covid-19 brought, we were still able to maintain a full immunology service throughout the year.
Our team also developed a Covid-19 antibody test from scratch, allowing staff and patients to see if they have circulating antibodies against the virus. The department won a “You Made a Difference” award for this work.
I leave work each day knowing that I’ve made a difference in the diagnosis and treatment of many patients. The work carried out by the pathology department is vital for the speedy and accurate diagnosis of many illnesses and I’m proud to be part of that.