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Research and Development

The Public Health Laboratory is committed to improving patient outcomes and protecting public health. As part of achieving this the department has an active research and development programme. This enables our department to be at the forefront of diagnosis providing tests, which are sensitive, timely and cost-effective, and ensures that any protocols or procedures implemented are evidence-based. Staff from our department provides representation at local, regional and national research and development committees. We have published widely on a range of topics including:

·         Antibiotic resistance

·         Infection control

·         Epidemiology of important pathogens

·         Bacterial methodology

·         Antiviral resistance

·         Tuberculosis

·         Diagnosis and treatment of HIV

·         Blood borne viruses

·         Development of molecular assays

·         Infections in immunocompromised patients

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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235