Laboratory medicine works to diagnose disease, evaluate the effectiveness of treatment and to research the causes and cures of disease.
Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust has one of the largest laboratories in the United Kingdom, receiving more than three million samples per year and performing around 10 million tests.
See an A-Z list of tests carried out by our Directorate of Laboratory Medicine (DLM) and download our sample acceptance policy.
The DLM is divided into a number of specialist departments.
The DLM is registered with Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA), which is part of the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). Each department in the Directorate is assessed for accreditation by CPA/UKAS at regular intervals.
A high quality service is maintained by frequently looking at feedback from user meetings, telephone audits and satisfaction surveys.
An active clinical audit group checks whether we are doing what we should be doing, as set out in the policies and guidelines of the trust or external bodies.
The DLM’s clinical audit group meets regularly to share findings between disciplines.
The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine also has a bi-monthly clinical governance meeting, which evaluates the effectiveness of the service we provide. In this way, we are able to learn from successes and recognise areas where improvement is needed.
The trust’s commitment to patient-focused, high quality clinical care is reinforced by the clinical governance system.