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The Southern Trust’s Biomedical Science Team has celebrated Biomedical Science Day at a showcase event last week at Craigavon Hospital to raise awareness of their role to patients, staff and the public.

Biomedical Science Day is organized by the Institute of Biomedical Science each year to celebrate and promote the profession which is at the heart of healthcare.

There are 137 laboratory staff in the Southern Trust providing a service 24 hours a day, seven days a week - across Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area hospitals plus the wider community including GP services.

Tracey King (Bessbrook) with Elaine Porter Biomedical Scientist
Tracey King (Bessbrook) with Elaine Porter Biomedical Scientist

The team of 83 Biomedical Scientists, plus 54 administrative and support staff, work in four main disciplines; Biochemistry, Haematology/Blood Transfusion, Microbiology and Cellular Pathology. Biomedical Science has a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of diseases such as cancer, leukaemia, meningitis, diabetes and cervical smears, plus cross match blood for transfusion.

Pictured at the Biomedical Science Day.
Pictured at the Biomedical Science Day.

Lead Biomedical Scientist for Microbiology, Elaine Porter says: “We are delighted to use this opportunity today to promote our profession which is very much behind the scenes, but a very important part of healthcare.  Without Biomedical Scientists, the diagnosis, treatment and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible. We examine around two and a half million samples in our laboratories here in the Trust each year so Biomedical Science teams play a very vital role in the delivery of high quality patient care and we work closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals.

Geoff Kennedy, Pathology Services Manager for the Trust added: “I would like to pay tribute to our Biomedical Science teams for their dedication to delivering such a high calibre diagnostic service to Southern Trust patients.”

For more information on Biomedical Science Day go to: www.ibms.org

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