Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) Laboratory Medicine
offers a range of unique clinical laboratory services. Our expert
teams support the tertiary paediatric services provided at Great
Ormond Street Hospital as well as acting as a specialist referral
centre for hospitals, clinics and clinicians across the world.
Our world-class teams are comprised of clinical scientists,
researchers, technologists and administrative support staff.
Our laboratory teams play an essential role in the diagnosis and
treatment of childhood illness. We also provide some services
for testing of adult samples.
A key part of our service is the expert clinical advice that
supports the delivery of results and diagnosis. Close links are
also maintained with clinical colleagues and researchers at
the UCL Institute of Child Health (ICH).
The laboratories and associated facilities are housed within a
purpose-built facility on the GOSH site. Our services are fully
accredited with CPA (UK) Ltd (www.cpa-uk.org) and conform to
all the legal and statutory regulatory requirements of the Human
Tissue Act and MHRA. The laboratories subscribe to national and
international quality assurance schemes for all assays where
Our laboratory services comprise:
Virology and Infection Control
Samples sent by Royal Mail or courier must comply with PI 650
for category B substances.
- This is a triple layer system that comprises a primary
leak-proof receptacle within a secondary leak-proof receptacle
contained in a rigid outer package. The packaging should be strong
enough to withstand a 95 kPA pressure differential and a drop
of 1.2 m
- There should be sufficient absorbent material between the
primary and secondary packaging to absorb any spillage. The primary
container and absorbent material must be placed into a single bag
with the request form in the pouch
- The package should be clearly labelled 'diagnostic
Protection of personal
The laboratory has a procedure for the management of data and
protection of personal information that is controlled and
maintained by the Pathology System Manager and the Data
These procedures cover:
- Security - data is accessible only to authorised users via a
valid and current password.
- Access to functions and facilities to individual users is
restricted to ensure no user has inappropriately high access
- Confidentiality and data protection - the security and access
features ensure confidentiality is maintained to authorised and
- All staff within the laboratory complete mandatory information
governance training and are aware of the requirements to maintain
confidentiality and the restrictions imposed by the laboratory with
regard to information dissemination.
The Trust Data Protection Officer and ICT Department advise the
laboratory regarding requirements to comply with current and
future legislation for Data Protection.
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