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Track-based haematology platform achieves quality accreditation in Torbay

Track-based haematology platform achieves quality accreditation in Torbay

Horiba UK Medical has announced the first global installation of its new HELO high-throughput, fully automated haematology platform in Torbay Hospital, where the laboratory has achieved UKAS ISO 15189 accreditation. Additionally, the ease of use, fast processing and operational efficiency delivered by the new track-based haematology system has enabled routine haematology work to be smoothed and cut by an hour at the Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust (TSDFT).
Major London hospital uses automated colony counter

Major London hospital uses automated colony counter

Synbiosis has announced that its ProtoCOL 3 automated colony counter is being used at a major teaching hospital in London to track the spread of carbapenem-resistant bacteria (CRB).
Synergy of academic and vocational values

Synergy of academic and vocational values

The year 2018 represents an important milestone in the history of biomedical sciences education. It is the 40th anniversary of the first UK graduates emerging from honours degree programmes with a primary focus on biomedical sciences – then known as ‘medical laboratory science’. It is also the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the Heads of University Centres of Biomedical Sciences (HUCBMS), the body which represents the biomedical sciences academic and research community.
Statistical quality control:  overview of applications  in the clinical laboratory

Statistical quality control: overview of applications in the clinical laboratory

Following the recent publication of his successful articles on measurement uncertainty, Stephen MacDonald returns in the October issue of Pathology in Practice with the first in a new series looking at internal quality control in laboratory medicine.
Women and Children First in Microbiology

Women and Children First in Microbiology

Following on from a very successful Annual Scientific Meeting held in May, the British Society for Microbial Technology (BSMT) will hold its Autumn Symposium at the Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool, next month (Friday 19 October). The Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First scientific programme will be supported by an exhibition comprising 17 commercial sponsors.
Consultation on proposed changes to HCPC registration fees

Consultation on proposed changes to HCPC registration fees

The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) has launched a consultation on proposals to increase the registration fees it charges. In the consultation, it proposes to increase the renewal fee from £90 to £106 per year, with a similar level of increases to the other fees the HCPC charges.
Computational pathology software for automated tumour detection

Computational pathology software for automated tumour detection

Royal Philips has announced the latest release of TissueMark, which now supports region of interest detection for the majority of molecular testing and helps research laboratories improve the accuracy of tumour estimation. The new version, which was showcased at the 30th European Congress of Pathology, leverages deep learning artificial intelligence (AI) to aid in prostate and ovarian tumour tissue identification.
Glycated albumin assay and POC haemoglobin analyser on show

Glycated albumin assay and POC haemoglobin analyser on show

EKF Diagnostics highlighted the new Stanbio Chemistry Glycated Albumin (GA) assay kit and its DiaSpect haemoglobin point-of-care (POC) analyser at the recent AACC 2018 Clinical Lab Expo in Chicago.
Innovative digital pathology network deployed in Oxford

Innovative digital pathology network deployed in Oxford

Royal Philips and Oxford University Hospitals (OUH) NHS Foundation Trust have announced plans to create a digital pathology network to help drive faster and more efficient diagnoses for patients. The OUH Trust will deploy the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, which will serve as a central laboratory service for partner sites at Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Great Western Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in Swindon.
Relationship management: the view from Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

Relationship management: the view from Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

The increasing commercialisation of pathology services means there is an increasing need to consider service differentiation, competitive advantage and value-added service offerings. Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) have long understood that the service provider who strengthens the relationship and communication with clinicians, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and end users of their service will have a clear advantage. With this in mind, BSPS has deployed the CliniSys Pathology Relationship Management (PRM) solution.
Demand for histopathology in focus

Demand for histopathology in focus

Only 3% of NHS histopathology departments have enough staff to meet clinical demand, according to a workforce census published recently by The Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath). Meeting pathology demand focused on the histopathology workforce, and highlights the intense pressures that histopathologists face from increased workloads, such as new NHS screening programmes and the introduction of more complex work as personalised medicine develops.
Biobanking, a market in a state of constant evolution

Biobanking, a market in a state of constant evolution

Technidata has announced the launch of the Virtual Catalog Editor, a major new feature for its TDBioBank software solution. This new module enables biobanks to publish their collections of transferable biological specimens online, gain visibility and foster international scientific collaboration.
Innovations in LC-MS for research and diagnostic testing on show

Innovations in LC-MS for research and diagnostic testing on show

From the provision of clinical laboratory tests to scalable translational research solutions, Thermo Fisher Scientific can assist in enabling clinical applications with efficient, robust and productive platforms.
Chimaeric antigen receptor T cell therapy receives EU regulatory approval

Chimaeric antigen receptor T cell therapy receives EU regulatory approval

The Novartis CAR-T cell therapy Kymriah (tisagenlecleucel, formerly CTL019) has received European Commission approval for treatment of paediatric and young adults up to 25 years of age with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (pictured) that is refractory, in relapse post-transplantation or in second-stage or later relapse; and for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory (r/r) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) after two or more lines of systemic therapy.
Research shows a rise in coeliac disease diagnosis

Research shows a rise in coeliac disease diagnosis

Coeliac UK, the largest independent charity for people who need to live gluten free, has announced that recent research shows diagnosis of the autoimmune disease coeliac disease, which affects one person in 100, has risen in the UK from 24% in 2011 to 30% in 2015.
Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First

Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First

The Merseyside Maritime Museum in Liverpool will be the venue for this year’s Autumn Symposium of the British Society for Microbial Technology (BSMT) on Friday 19 October. The topic for the event will be ‘Going Overboard with Microbiology – Women and Children First’ – an appropriate choice for this maritime city which has a long and distinguished history in the discipline.
Marking 100 years since the deadliest pandemic in human history

Marking 100 years since the deadliest pandemic in human history

Spanish flu was a deadly influenza pandemic that struck in the autumn of 1918, just as the First World War was drawing to a close. It is estimated that the virus infected half a billion people worldwide and killed 50–100 million, significantly more than the war itself. A special exhibition, 'Spanish Flu: nursing during history’s deadliest pandemic', will be held at the Florence Nightingale Museum, 2 Lambeth Palace Road, London SE1 7EW, from Friday 21 September 2018 until 16 June 2019.
Guide to greener, more sustainable laboratories

Guide to greener, more sustainable laboratories

Lab Innovations, the UK’s only trade show dedicated to the laboratory industry, will have a new focus this year on the increasingly important aspect of the ‘Sustainable Laboratory’. It takes place on 31 October and 1 November 2018 at the NEC, Birmingham, where attendees will be able to visit the new Sustainable Laboratory area to see and discuss the latest developments in environmentally-friendly products. The sustainable initiatives theme is also a core topic running through the agendas in both the Royal Society of Chemistry theatre and the ‘Insights and Innovations’ theatre run by Laboratory News.
Relationship management embraced by Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

Relationship management embraced by Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services

The increasing commercialisation of pathology services means there is an increasing need to consider service differentiation, competitive advantage and value-added service offerings. Berkshire & Surrey Pathology Services (BSPS) have long understood that the service provider who strengthens the relationship and communication with clinicians, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and end users of their service will have a clear advantage. With this in mind, BSPS has deployed the CliniSys Pathology Relationship Management (PRM) solution.
UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

UN High-Level Meeting on Tuberculosis

The first-ever UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Tuberculosis (TB) will take place on 26 September in New York. After decades of neglect, political attention has finally turned to TB. In 2016, the United Nations General Assembly agreed to hold the meeting, where Heads of State from around the world will gather to make new global commitments to combat the disease. Tuberculosis is the world’s deadliest infectious disease, killing over 1.5 million people last year – more than Ebola, HIV and malaria combined, but, through the efforts of public health field workers, it is preventable and curable with treatment.

Upcoming Events

Update Course in Gynaecological Cytology

London Regional Cytology Training Centre, Level 6X, St Marks Building, Watford Road, Harrow HA1 3UJ
12-14 December 2018

Managing Cultural Differences in the Workplace

The Holiday Inn - Kensington Forum, 97 Cromwell Road, London SW7 4DN
21 January 2019

British Society for Haematology Paediatric Symposium

Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, 5-11 Theobalds Road, London WC1X 8SH
14 February 2019

Challenges in the clinical biochemistry laboratory and beyond

The Royal College of Pathologists
28 February 2019

British Society for Haematology 59th Annual Scientific Meeting

SEC Glasgow
1-3 April 2019

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