Laboratory and Pathology

Mission

To be reliable, courteous, and promotional in our service to all clients, whether patients, medical personnel or others, with as much accuracy that this demands.

Operational Hours

The Laboratory provides 24 hour service, seven days per week; however, the bulk of our work is between the hours of 9:00a.m to 5:00 p.m.

Routine operation hours for the general public:  9:00 a.m. - 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Phlebotomy (Blood Collection)

Routine Fasting Blood collection: 7:30 a.m. – 12 noon
Routine Non-fasting blood collection: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Persons preparing for laboratory tests should enquire about instructions for preparation from their doctors. Generally the fast will begin between the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 12:00 midnight and the blood should be collected before 12:00 noon the following day.

Blood Donor Phlebotomy

9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Arrangements can be made for blood donation outside the scheduled time (groups of 5 or more)

The Laboratory Department units and some of their functions are as follows:

Clinical Chemistry and Special Chemistry Department

Perform routine blood tests such as glucose, blood urea nitrogen, electrolytes (sodium, potassium, chlorides), cholesterol, triglycerides, Creatinine Kinase, CK-MB, troponin.

Special tests such as HIV, HTLV, Hepatitis, drug screen (cannabis, cocaine and alcohol) are also performed

Tests that require fasting are as follows: Glucose (sugar), Cholesterol, Triglyceride, HDL (lipid profile).

Patients can drink water during their fasting period. No food, candy, gum, chips or cough or cold medicine should be eaten or taken during that time.

Haematology and Coagulation Department
Performs Complete Blood cell Count (CBC), Hemoglobin, white blood cell count, Red blood cell count, platelets, Prothrombin time (PT), INR, Sickle cell prep, Hemoglobin electrophoresis.

Microbiology and Urinalysis Department
Performs Culture, Identification and sensitivity for bacteria. Types of culture performed are swab culture, throat culture, vaginal culture, urine culture, ova and parasite determination, occult blood, urinalysis, blood culture and pregnancy tests.

Blood Bank Department
Collect blood from donors, cross match blood. Prepare fresh frozen plasma and packed cells.

Histology Department
Prepare and process surgical tissue for pathological review

Cytology Department
Prepare and evaluate smears for HPV infection and identify abnormal pap smears that can lead to cervical cancer.