In Service to Our Smallest Patients
Clinical laboratories serving pediatric wards face unique challenges and pressures. Find out how Great Ormond Street Hospital labs are evolving to face the future.
Simon Heales |
When you work at one of the foremost hospitals in the world, there’s an expectation that you’re always moving forward. Nowhere is this truer than at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) – a facility that serves an exclusively pediatric population, and one that provides the most difficult diagnostic and treatment challenges its staff have ever encountered. How do the labs at GOSH tackle these medical mysteries? By recognizing the unique needs of their patient population – and by working together across disciplines and specialties.
Still a Hospital for Sick Children
As pediatric pathologists, we provide the voice that children don’t have. Children often can’t tell doctors what’s wrong with them, so the doctors rely on pathology services to provide that information – even more so than in any other setting. What makes GOSH unique is that our doctors receive tertiary and quaternary referrals – and that means the whole team must take on the most complex of medical problems. That’s why I often say that there is no “routine” in our routine service. In fact, I try to avoid the word altogether. Instead, we call ourselves Pediatric Laboratory Medicine – emphasizing our focus on children’s health.
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