Our laboratory departments

Our laboratory departments

Our areas of speciality include:

  • Cytology
  • Histopathology
  • Point of Care Testing
  • Molecular Pathology
  • Microbiology
  • Transfusion Medicine (Blood Bank)
  • Immunology
  • Haematology
  • Specimen Reception

  • Chemical Pathology
  • Mortuary

Our laboratory departments

Specimen Reception

Specimen Reception receives and checks all samples arriving at the laboratory and enters test request information into the laboratory computer system.

Head of Department: Leeanne Olsen

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Patient Services

A team of phlebotomists, receptionists and couriers collects and delivers good quality specimens to the laboratory.

Head of Department: Julie Page

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Biochemistry

Biochemistry is the study of the chemical processes within the body. Biochemistry performs qualitative and quantitative analyses of body fluids such as blood and urine.

Head of Department: Max Reed

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Cytology

Cytology is the study of cellular disease. Our main cytology work in the laboratory is screening cervical smears.

Head of Department: Abed Kader

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Haematology

Haematology involves the analysis of blood, its cells and diseases.

Head of Department: Rebecca O’Toole

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Histology

Histology is the study of body tissues to establish the cause, origin and nature of disease.

Head of Department: Abed Kader

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Immunology/Serology

Immunology looks at the body’s immune system, disorders and disease.

Head of Department: Paul Tustin

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Microbiology

Microbiology isolates and identifies micro-organisms like bacteria, fungi and parasites from clinical specimens.

Head of Department: Koen van der Werff

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Molecular Pathology

Molecular Biology tests Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from patient samples to detect infecting micro-organisms, viruses and genetic mutations responsible for disease.

Head of Department: Koen van der Werff

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Mortuary Department

The mortuary team does coronial, forensic and hospital post mortems, runs a perinatal service, a return to patient service and family viewings.

Head of Department: Abed Kader

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Point of Care Testing Department

Point of care testing (POCT) is laboratory testing that is performed near or at the site of the patient with the result leading to possible change in the care of the patient.

POCT Co-ordinators for CCDHB: Clare Murphy and Nicola Beamish

HVDHB and WrDHB: Bernice Smith and Casey O’Byrn

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