Biomedical Science Day at the Countess
Biomedical Scientists at the Countess showcased their work with a display stand in Outpatients 3 on Thursday, 19 July.
The team joined their colleagues from across the country in raising awareness of the second annual Biomedical Science Day, which has been organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS).
Due to the nature of their lab-based duties there can sometimes be confusion about what their role involves - and even that there is a lab on site at the Countess of Chester Hospital.
To make more people aware of what they do they set up a colourful display, adjacent to where blood tests are taken, demonstrating the journey of a blood sample from the moment it is taken to when results are returned to patients.
Hayley Cadman, Biomedical Scientist, said: "I think we need to promote biomedical science because it is behind the scenes and 70% of healthcare cases rely on pathology results. For example we get 2,000 samples a day from all round the county from the GP surgeries."
Kathleen Holden, Pathology Quality Manager at the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation trust said: “Biomedical Science Day is a great opportunity for us to promote the role of biomedical science. By opening the doors to the laboratory we can show the public how vital our role is in their healthcare.”
Alison Geddis President of the Institute of Biomedical Science said: “Despite many encounters with our work throughout their lifetime, most people are unaware of the important role of biomedical science in their healthcare.
"The theme for Biomedical Science Day 2018 is ‘at the heart of healthcare’. It aims to highlight how the role of our members is central to patients’ healthcare as biomedical science produces the data on which doctors, consultants and surgeons base their diagnoses to plan a patient’s treatment.”