Laboratory medicine works to diagnose disease, evaluate
the effectiveness of treatment and to research the causes and cures
Central Manchester University Hospitals has one of
the largest laboratories in the United Kingdom, receiving more
than three million samples per year and performing around
10 million tests.
See an A-Z list of tests carried
out by our Directorate of Laboratory Medicine (DLM) and download
our sample acceptance
From April 6th we will be using the Sarstedt blood
tube system - see the colour coded conversion chart.
The DLM is divided into a number of specialist
departments. Also see Laboratory Medicine at
The DLM is registered with Clinical Pathology
Accreditation (CPA), which is part of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
(UKAS). Each department in the Directorate is assessed for
accreditation by CPA/UKAS at regular intervals.
A high quality service is maintained by frequently looking
at feedback from user meetings, telephone audits and satisfaction
An active clinical audit group checks whether we are doing
what we should be doing, as set out in the policies and guidelines
of the trust or external bodies.
The DLM's clinical audit group meets regularly to share
findings between disciplines.
The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine also has a
bi-monthly clinical governance meeting, which
evaluates the effectiveness of the service we provide.
In this way, we are able to learn from successes and
recognise areas where improvement is needed.
The trust's commitment to patient-focused, high quality
clinical care is reinforced by the clinical governance
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