Putting pathology under the microscope

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Putting pathology under the microscope
16 November 2016

People can get a ‘behind the scenes’ whistle stop tour of the Pathology Laboratories at The Royal Oldham Hospital on Monday 28th November 2016, between 2–4 pm.

The event will give visitors an overview of Pathology – the branch of medicine concerned with the cause, origin and nature of disease, including the changes occurring as a result of disease.

In 2007, the Trust centralised the pathology services of Rochdale, Oldham, Bury and North Manchester creating a Central Laboratory at The Royal Oldham Hospital, and two essential Service Laboratories at Fairfield and North Manchester General Hospitals.  The laboratories employ some 340 members of staff and house state-of-the-art automation, delivering a high quality and cost effective service to our hospitals and GP surgeries.

Whilst to the patient, pathology is not seen to be the forefront of medicine; its services actually underpin the whole of the NHS. Around 70-80 per cent of diagnoses are dependent on the analysis of samples undertaken in the laboratory, which number some 12 million per year, playing a vital role in supporting the provision of health services for the 850,000 people who live in the area.

The tour will visit the four main areas of Pathology:

  • Clinical Biochemistry: The study of chemical and biochemical mechanisms of the body in relation to disease, mostly through the analysis of body fluids such as blood and urine.
  • Haematology and blood bank: The study of blood and its disorders.
  • Histopathology: The study of the structure of tissues and the study of cells
  • Microbiology: The study of micro-organisms which cause disease.

Sarah Ramsden, Pathology Directorate Manager said:

“It is a pleasure to work in such a modern and forward thinking environment. We welcome the opportunity to display our central facility and highlight the work of Pathology.”

The event is free and is one of a series of ‘Medicine for Members’ events arranged to give the public and the Trust’s public members a greater insight into their local hospital and the services it provides. So far, more than 12,500 people have signed up to become Trust members. To book your place contact Angela Greenwood on 01706 517302 or email ft.membership@pat.nhs.uk