Patient Experience

Patient Experience

The current scope of Near Patient testing includes:

  • Blood gas analysis (arterial, venous & dialysate sample type)
  • Ketone testing by fingerpick
  • Glucose testing by fingerpick
  • HCG screen in urine (pregnancy screening)
  • Urinalysis by dipstick
  • INR testing by fingerpick
  • Toxicology screening in urine
  • Near-patient testing (NPT) aims to improve patient outcomes, shorten test turnaround times and facilitate early decision making through provision of a laboratory medicine service by healthcare professionals using small analytical devices. A NPT device is defined as any device that is not intended for self-testing but is intended to perform testing outside a laboratory environment, generally near to, or at the side of, the patient by a health care professional. Near-patient testing within St James’s Hospital incorporates, 210 devices (7 device types), across three different sites, generating >300,000 sets of results per annum.

    When using NPT for clinical diagnostic purposes it is important that the quality of testing performed outside a central laboratory is assured and does not represent a patient safety risk. To this end the NPT service implements a Quality Management System that includes a programme of Internal Quality Control and External Quality Assurance.

    The day-to-day running and management of the NPT service is overseen by a chief medical scientist and the NPT team. The governance of near-patient testing in St James’s Hospital comes under the near-patient testing committee. The clinical governance of the NPT service is overseen by a Laboratory Clinical Director, with device specific clinical lead(s) as applicable.

  • The primary source of information for users is the LabMed User Guide.

    Near-patient testing is not routinely available for GP’s or external clinicians

  • Near-patient testing is not routinely available to GP’s.

    Routine testing is available from core laboratories; refer to other departments within Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology for further information

Contact Details

Monday to Friday, 09.00 - 17.00

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Centre for Laboratory Medicine and Molecular Pathology

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