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  • Turning off Hard Copy Reports

    Turning off Hard Copy Reports

    Item Author Craig Webster

    As you will be aware, laboratory reports are sent to your Practice both by electronic transfer and in hard copy form. The Directorate has received several requests to cease printing and sending hard copy reports as they have limited value with the current electronic systems in place. Unfortunately, until recently, it has not been possible to prevent the printing of hard copy reports to individual locations. We are pleased to inform you that technical advancements now make this possible.

  • Product Alert from Abbott regarding Potassium Results [July 2014]

    Product Alert from Abbott regarding Potassium Results [July 2014]

    Item Author Craig Webster

    Patient results may have shifted down by 1–3% beyond the acceptable performance of the assay. This was due to stability issues with the calibrator. Internal testing [by Abbott] in June 2014 has shown that product performance has changed over time, with the potential to exceed the acceptable performance (<=3% average bias) for samples with values between 3.0 and 6.0 mmol/L. Revised manufacturing procedures have been implemented to minimize the potential for a recurrence of this issue whilst Abbott’s investigations continue. Abbott recognize the disruption this may cause and sincerely apologize for any inconvenience.

  • TB Genomics Service Pilot Project

    Item Author Clare Overton Lewis

    PHE Birmingham are launching our TB Genomics Service pilot project next month.


    • In the last 10-months we have participated in an eight-centre international collaboration study on TB Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) led by Oxford which has used DNA extracted from MGIT. 
    • The Oxford led project is a feasibility study on the use of WGS in TB diagnosis, resistance profiling and epidemiological mapping of outbreaks. During this Feasibility study, working with our colleagues at Oxford, DNA extraction and MiSeq sequencing methodologies have been established at Heartlands. Raw sequence data has been shared with Oxford through a cloud setup and analysis reports (on mycobacterial species identity, drug resistance predictions and strain typing) received within 48 hours of the raw data being uploaded.


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