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Laboratory Medicine

The Department of Laboratory Medicine at SPARSH Hospital provides a wide range of reliable and accurate diagnostic services 24 hours a day and seven days a week. High levels of test accuracy are maintained through extensive internal and external quality assurance exercises as per the standards laid down by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration Laboratories (NABL). In addition, daily Quality Assurance (QA) runs and a periodic calibration of each instrument is performed. The performance of the department has been rated as 'Very Good' in the EQAS conducted by CMC Hospital Vellore. The department is headed by Dr. Susan Williams MD, a highly trained clinical pathologist.

A comprehensive range of haematology, biochemistry, serology, clinical pathology and microbiology tests are available. The hematology analyzer allows for quicker reporting especially in emergency situations. While most routine tests are available in-house, a complete array of high-tech, cutting edge laboratory diagnostic services are also available through our collaboration with the state-of-the-art Narayana Health City Laboratory which is located in the same campus. Cytogenetic diagnostic services (including Gene mapping, immunohistochemistry and FISH) are also provided through our collaboration with Narayana Health City Laboratory. The Department of Laboratory Medicine has a tie-up with two external laboratories – Religare Laboratories Limited and Anand Diagnostics – both of which are NABL Accredited laboratories.

Diagnostic services provided include:

Haematological Services: Blood Counts, Coagulation Profile

Biochemistry Services: Renal Function Tests, Liver Function Tests, Lipid Profile, Myeloma Profile, Electrophoresis, Hormonal assays

Serological Services: Viral screening, Immunoglobulin assays, Autoimmune antibody assay, Polymerase chain reaction, Chemiluminescence, Immuniturbidimetry, Immunochromatography and Turbilatex

Clinical Pathological Services: Fluid analysis, Urine analysis, Stool analysis

Microbiological Services: Culture and sensitivity analysis

Blood Collection (Phlebotomy)

The procedure of blood collection (Phlebotomy) is performed in a clean and safe environment. The phlebotomists are highly skilled and follow all aseptic precautions while collecting blood in Vacutainers. Vacutainers are special vacumn test-tubes that allow the exact amount of blood to be drawn out in a safe and relatively painless manner. The phlebotomists make every effort to ensure that the procedure is comfortable including the use of anaesthetic patches for children.

 

Dr. Susan Williams

Dr. Susan Williams
Chief Pathologist