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June 2024 Pathology-GP Liaison Newsletter

Category: Latest News

Posted by Sam Salisbury on 12 July 2024

We are pleased to announce that following the recent Pathology-GP Liaison meeting in June, we have restarted our newsletter! Please see the link below for latest updates on the following items: 1. CA125 Requesting & Best Practice 2. FIT & Calprotectin: Avoiding Delays 3. New Bariatric Order Sets 4. Change requests for ICE 5. Use […]

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Change to qFIT ordering for RDUH facing surgeries

Category: Blood Sciences Test

Posted by Timothy McDonald on 19 March 2024

We are delighted to inform you that we have added qFIT requests into ICE for RD&E AND NDDH facing practices. With immediate effect, we will invoke the new pathway for qFIT testing and from this point onwards, we will supply only the blue sample picker device to practices. Full kits with postal return envelopes will […]

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Healthcare Science Week 11-15th March 2024

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 14 March 2024

This week we’re celebrating Healthcare Science Week, which is dedicated to raising awareness of healthcare science and celebrating the variety of professions available. The Royal Devon is home to a fantastic team of healthcare scientists from a wide range of different specialties. From cardiology to genetics, diabetes to paediatrics, healthcare science has a diverse workforce and […]

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Important Change to Calprotectin Requesting commencing 26/02/2024

Category: Biochemistry Blood Sciences Test

Posted by Timothy McDonald on 14 February 2024

Dear Colleague, The Blood Sciences Department at the RDUH will be changing the laboratory equipment used to analyse Faecal Calprotectin to the Mast OC Sensor Pledia from the 26th of February 2024. The new methodology uses a sample collection picker (similar to FIT testing) that significantly increases sample stability, patient convenience and test accuracy.  The […]

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UPDATE: Beckton Dickinson Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) tubes discontinued

Category: Blood Sciences Test Latest News

Posted by Angie Cooper on 14 February 2024

Dear Primary Care Colleagues, We would like to remind you that further to our previous communication on 24/10/23, Beckton Dickinson discontinued manufacturing Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) tubes. The Trust pathology stores no longer provides ESR tubes for use in primary care. We understand that some surgeries have made the decision to continue to offer in-house […]

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Royal College of Pathologists Survey 2023

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 24 October 2023

Thank you to all who participated in this survey during 22/09/2023 and 13/10/2023, there were 52 respondents. 98% of respondents would recommend the laboratory to a colleague.

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Cellular Pathology User Survey Feedback 2023

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 6 October 2023

The cellular pathology user survey is run annually to collate feedback, comments and suggestions from the users of the Cytopathology, Histopathology and Mortuary services at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital. Four user surveys were sent out in July 2023 for 4 weeks – ‘General Cellular pathology’, ‘ROSE clinic’, ‘PVSA’ and ‘Mortuary funeral directors’. All […]

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Notification of change to times for consults to Microbiology

Category: Microbiology News

Posted by Andrew Titman on 3 October 2023

From 21st September 2023 Microbiology consults made via Epic or emails via Microconsultants will now be answered from 0900-1630 Monday-Friday. Consults made outside of these times will not receive a same day response.   Microbiology consults should contain the following information:   Summary: Presenting complaint, history of presenting complaint, duration of admission, abx given & […]

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Changes to Streptococcal Serology Testing – ASOT and Anti-DNase B

Category: Microbiology News

Posted by Andrew Titman on 3 October 2023

The Virology Department at RDE will be ceasing all Anti-DNase B testing on the 17th November 2023.  We will continue to test for Anti-streptolysin O antibodies.   BioMérieux are stopping the commercialisation of the ASD ANTIBODY TESTING KIT, and there is no alternative on the market within Europe. We have received a notification stating the […]

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Post Vasectomy Semen Analysis – NEW request forms and instructions for patients

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 28 June 2023

For the attention of PVSA service users: New request forms and instructions for patients at Eastern and Northern services available HERE.  

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Management of IVIg transferred from transfusion to pharmacy

Category: Latest News

Posted by Jeni Davies on 23 March 2023

From March 2023 the management of intravenous immunoglobulins (IVIg) has transferred to Pharmacy. Please contact pharmacy for all enquiries relating to IVIg. The transfusion laboratory is now responsible only for issue of IVIg for acute cases out of hours under the direction of a pharmacist.

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Cellular Pathology User survey feedback 2022: Private requesting locations

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 18 January 2023

The cellular pathology department asked its private requestors for user feedback. Thank you to those who responded. The feedback and outcomes are below: EPIC access You said Would be great to have access to EPIC for all disciplines Getting EPIC access for reports and results for all disciplines We said We will discuss this with […]

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NEW – Updated Version of PVSA Request Form Available

Category: Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 19 December 2022

Cytology has updated the PVSA request form. The new version (07) can be found on the PVSA page Please print this form for any PVSA request going forward.

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Royal College of Pathologists Survey 2022

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 28 November 2022

Thank you to all who participated in this survey during October 2022. 100% of respondents would recommend the laboratory to a colleague. When asked: How might the cellular pathology service be improved? You said: ‘Improve turn around time, perhaps provide weekend service’ ‘Aim to complete reporting in house wherever possible since quality is generally much […]

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NEW – Updated NSCLC test request form for Immunohistochemical analysis

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 2 November 2022

An updated request form for NSCLC samples requiring ALK, ROS-1 and PD-L1 (Dako 22C3) immunohistochemical analysis at the Royal Devon Hospital is available on the ‘Predictive Biomarker Testing in Lung Cancer’ page. Predictive Biomarker Testing in Lung Cancer  

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Discontinuation of Campylobacter serology

Category: Latest News Microbiology Microbiology News

Posted by Andrew Titman on 4 October 2022

Dear Colleagues, We write to notify you of the suspension of Campylobacter serology with immediate effect. This is because the Reference laboratory in Preston has withdrawn the test. We are seeking alternative accredited tests. We apologies for any inconvenience this may cause.

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Kate’s epic adventure for a fantastic cause

Category: Latest News

Posted by Mandy Perry on 28 April 2022

In May this year, Kate Huish, senior Biomedical Scientist in Haematology, is undertaking an epic off road cycling challenge from John O Groats to Lands End. The route will cover in excess of 1300 miles, covering gravel trails, moorland tracks and parts of the UK cycling network as well as spending most nights under canvas. […]

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Microbiology User Survey 2021 Results

Category: Latest News Microbiology Microbiology News

Posted by Rebecca Watts on 4 March 2022

https://www.exeterlaboratory.com/wp-content/uploads/Microbiology-User-Survey-Report-2021.pdf

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Royal College of Pathologists Survey 2021

Category: Cellular Pathology News Latest News

Posted by Molly McDowell on 14 February 2022

Thank you to all who participated in this survey during September 2021. 100% of respondents would recommend the laboratory to a colleague. When asked: How might the cellular pathology service be improved? You said: ‘When histopathology results come to the practice they are quite difficult to see clearly – especially if there is more than […]

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Exeter Laboratory Newsletter February 2022

Category: Latest News Microbiology News

Posted by Rebecca Watts on 11 February 2022

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter February 2022

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