Point of care testing

The Point-of-Care Testing (POCT) Team provides service mainly for the IL GEM 4000 Blood Gas Analysers and Roche ACCU-CHEK Inform II Glucose meters on both sites at RSCH and PRH.

For urgent enquiries

(Monday to Friday 09.00-17.00)

Jane Francis, Senior Biomedical Scientist

Point of Care Testing Coordinator

01273 696955 extn. 64109 / 5726

Charlotte Valerio-Litston, Senior Medical Laboratory Assistant

Point of Care Testing Support

01273 696955 extn. 64109
Out of hours GEM 4000 blood gas analyser support Please contact IL on 01925 810141
Out of hours Inform-II glucose meter support Please contact the Biochemistry Lab.

 

For blood gas analyser and glucose meter training / spares / passwords / consumables or any other POCT device assistance please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please visit POCT Team page on the BSUH intranet.

The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has defined a point of care test as “any analytical test performed for a patient by a healthcare professional outside the conventional laboratory.” (Management and use of IVD point of care test devices, December 2013) and the International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) defines POCT as "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.”

Improvements in technology have permitted a number of analyses which previously could only be performed in the laboratory to be carried out at the bedside or in the clinic. Like all new technologies, however, the apparent simplicity of POCT often belies its complexity and masks the need for attention to detail in order to achieve optimum results.

The Trust therefore has a Point-of-Care Testing Committee, a multidisciplinary group including senior managers, members of the laboratory, clinicians, nursing staff, pharmacists, diabetes specialist nurses, medical electronic engineers and others, who co-ordinate POCT activities locally. Its purpose is to promote good practice in POCT. A Trust Policy on the procurement and use of POCT within BSUH has been produced. Key points are:

  • Individuals must be trained in the key elements of safety, sample collection, quality control and quality assurance, analysis and documentation before being authorised to provide analytical services for patients.
  • Only trained and accredited staff may use the equipment.
  • POCT should be integrated with clinical laboratory services to reduce unplanned use and abuse of POCT facilities, which is not only wasteful and divisive but potentially dangerous.
  • POCT should be adopted and used in the Trust’s interests and only if it benefits clinical practice within the hospital and community as a whole.