Department of Pathology at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital Celebrates Laboratory Week with Open House

The Department of Pathology at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital (KEMH) will mark National Laboratory Week with an Open House on Wednesday, April 25. Members of the public are invited to tour the lab from 10:00am to noon. Staff will conduct tours, provide demonstrations and set up a poster display along “Laboratory Information Alley.”

Dr. Kered James, Chief of Pathology at KEMH, invites the community to learn more about the work of the department. “Our skilled, trained and qualified staff have access to the newest technology and provide physicians with essential information for the treatment of medical conditions. Accurate and timely test results play a crucial role in patient care, both in the diagnoses and prevention of disease,” said Dr. James.

The Department of Pathology plays a vital role in the timely diagnosis and treatment of illness, providing over 70% of information in a patient’s medical record. The results of laboratory tests often identify the presence of disease in its earliest stages, when the possibilities of a cure are greatest and when treatment is least costly.

Accredited by Joint Commission International (JCI), the international branch of the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), the Department of Pathology is the only full-service clinical and anatomic laboratory in the community. Operating around the clock, the lab provides comprehensive services that include blood transfusion, histopathology, cytopathology, haematology, chemistry and microbiology.

Pathology services are extensive:
· Haematology and transfusion average about 4000 outpatient and 1000 inpatient tests per month.
· Chemistry processes approximately 6750 specimens each month.
· About 127 autopsies are performed each year.
· Histolopathology handles 5500 specimens per year.
· The blood donor centre collects about 2,600 donations annually and supports the island’s need for blood products.
· Cytology processes 6200 specimens per year.

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