Automated/Routine Laboratory

The automated laboratory provides a routine biochemistry testing service on the Southmead Hospital site, to all inpatient, outpatient and GP surgeries in the North Bristol area.

It has a workload of 500,000 specimen requests per annum, with a repertoire of over 50 tests. The laboratory offers a routine service and processes over 11,000 test requests per day.

Our laboratory is equipped with Roche Cobas instrumentation, which processes the majority of routine biochemistry tests.

Endocrinology, cardiac and a number of tumour markers are also analysed using these systems. As well as processing routine samples, an urgent service is provided throughout the routine working day. Between 10pm - 8am the automated laboratory provides an out-of-hours service.