The Research and Development of Microbiology provides diagnostic services to the hospital regarding bacteriology, virology, parasitology, immunology and serology. The department provides accurate results on clinical material within the shortest possible time. With the round the clock laboratory services, and with the use of state-of-the-art equipment the department carries out full range of high quality microbiology services, from routine cultures to molecular diagnostic testing. Some of the tests carried at the department are:
Faecal occult blood test
This is a lab test usually done for checking hidden (occult) blood in stool
Used to detect small levels of a blood protein (albumin) in urine
Stool DNA test
This is a non-invasive laboratory test, used to identify DNA changes in the cells of a stool sample
In this sample of urine is evaluated to detect disorders such as urinary tract infection, kidney disease and diabetes
The handling of such huge number of samples and maintaining low Turn Around Time (TAT) is achieved by complete automation of the lab. The BD BACTEC-FX Blood culture system with a capacity to do 600 blood cultures simultaneously. Identification and sensitivity is carried out by Phoenix and Vitek 2 Compact Systems. Vitros 3600 with enhanced chemiluminescence and continuous operating capabilities enables exceptional assay performance with small sample volume requirements across a broad range of diseases (eg. HIV, HBsAg, HCV, etc.).