The Hospital Laboratory offers all basic and special Laboratory investigations except histopathology. It is manned by qualified personnel and is fully equipped with the state of art machines that are regularly serviced to ensure efficiency and accuracy of results.
Nazareth hospital laboratory acts as the reference laboratory in the region. Its objective is to offer quality, affordable and timely results to its clients. A combination of highly qualified and friendly personnel, state of the art equipment and laboratory information system facilitates the generation of accurate and reliable results which are promptly transmitted to the clinicians.
This enables the clinicians to immediately initiate appropriate care and management to the patients. The laboratory is in operation 24 hours and seven days a week and performs a wide range of tests with an incredibly short turnaround time. All instruments are calibrated and tested regularly according to a standard protocol that addresses quality control, maintenance and operation.
The use of automated analysers reduces the chances of human error and significantly reduces turnaround time for many tests. Pre-analytical, analytical and post-analytical procedures are closely monitored to ensure precision and accuracy of results. Apart from engaging in intra-laboratory quality assurance, the laboratory participates in an external quality assessment program (DIGITAL PT) where it performs satisfactorily. The laboratory staff members are continuously trained on the latest diagnostic procedures to maintain excellence and high standards of laboratory practice.
Some of the units in the department include:
With the help of modern equipment, the unit is able to perform a wide range of hematological investigations. They include full hemogram, coagulation profile, peripheral blood film, sickling test, bleeding and clotting time, ESR among others.
This unit is equipped with modern analyzers and is best suited to carryout a host of biochemical analyses. The investigations done here include liver function tests, renal function tests, heart enzymes, hormonal profile, thyroid function tests, prostatic surface antigen among others.
Immunology and blood transfusion unit:
This is where blood grouping, bleeding of blood donors, screening of blood and crossmatching are performed. The unit has an obligation to provide enough and safe blood for transfusion purpose whenever need arises. Other tests performed here include CD4 count, ASOT, coomb’s test, rheumatoid factor and other related tests.
With the aid of modern equipment, the unit is able to perform blood cultures, other cultures, drug susceptibility tests, TB screening, H. pylori, Salmonella antigen and a host of other microbiological investigations.
Results for culture are released within three days.
This is where HIV viral load, hepatitis B and C viruses are tested.