Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer

Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer Job Description

Medical Laboratory Scientists Work In Healthcare And Carry Out A Range Of Laboratory Tests And Techniques On Tissue Samples And Fluids To Help Clinicians Diagnose Diseases. They Also Evaluate The Effectiveness Of Treatments.

Their Work Is Extremely Important For Many Hospital Departments And The Functions They Carry Out Are Wide Ranging. For Example, They May Work On Medical Conditions, Such As Cancer, Diabetes, AIDS, Malaria, Food Poisoning Or Anaemia, Or Carry Out Tests For Emergency Blood Transfusions Or To See If Someone Has Had A Heart Attack. 

Medical Laboratory Scientists Tend To Specialise In One Particular Area Including: 

  • histopathology - Microscopic Examination Of Diseased Tissue Samples;
  • cytology - Best Known For Cervical Smear Screening, But Also Covers Other Cellular Analysis;
  • immunology - Understanding The Immune System And Its Role In Combating Disease;
  • medical Microbiology - Identification Of Micro-organisms Causing Disease And Their Antibiotic Treatment;
  • haematology - Form And Functions Of Blood And Related Diseases;
  • virology - Identification Of Viruses, Associated Diseases And Monitoring The Effectiveness Of Vaccines.
  • clinical Chemistry - Analysis Of Body Fluids And Toxicology Studies;
  • transfusion Science - Determination Of Donor/recipient Blood Compatibility, Ensuring Blood Banks Are Sufficient;

Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer Duties/Functions/Responsibilities

  • responding to and redirecting professional enquiries;
  • assisting in the production of laboratory documentation, particularly relating to policies and standard operating procedures;
  • testing human samples such as blood, tissue, urine or cerebrospinal and faecal material for enzymes, hormones, and other constituents;
  • analysing cell cultures grown from tissue samples and identifying blood groups;
  • monitoring the effects of medication and other programmes of treatment by carrying out further tests;
  • using information technology to accurately record and analyse data, write reports and share results;
  • assisting in ensuring that the necessary turnaround times for reporting results are achieved wherever possible;
  • communicating the results of tests to medical staff, who use the information to diagnose and treat the patient’s illness;
  • working with computers, sophisticated automated machinery, microscopes and other hi-tech laboratory equipment;
  • developing new methods of investigation and keeping up to date with diagnostic innovations;
  • implementing quality control procedures (both internal and external) to maintain accurate results;
  • maintaining and updating professional knowledge and taking responsibility for continuing professional development (CPD).

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