Point of Care

Point of Care TestingPoint of care testing (POCT), also known as extra-laboratory testing or Near Patient Testing (NPT), refers to any analytical test performed for or by a patient outside the conventional laboratory setting.

The Point of Care Testing Team provides support for many POCT applications to North Bristol NHS Trust.

The service encompasses:

  • Advice on the selection and procurement of POCT equipment.
  • Maintenance and servicing of blood gas analysers across the Trust.
  • Replacement and servicing of blood glucose meters.
  • Supply of consumables for blood glucose meters including quality control solutions, batteries and user manuals.
  • Supply of Pregnancy testing kits.
  • Training in blood gas analysis, blood glucose analysis, capillary blood collection, urinalysis, haemoglobin testing and pregnancy testing.
  • Training materials for urinalysis and pregnancy testing.
  • External Quality Assurance schemes for blood glucose and some other POCT tests.
  • Support for Haematology analysers situated in Out Patients departments and Operating Theatres.