We marked Biomedical Science Day (June 20) by celebrating our team in Pathology and the news that our own Caroline Parkes has won a regional award in this field.
Biomedical Science Day is an opportunity to celebrate the many people who work in this area of our hospital, and the important work they do behind closed doors.
Scientists from the department have been promoting their work with our staff. Caroline Parkes (Pathology Quality and Training Manager) says “We want to raise awareness of the work of the pathology team. We’d like staff to be more aware of the wide range of tests within our department and the vast number of people who work in the laboratory. We have the equivalent of 133 full time staff involved in testing. KGH undertook 8.1 million tests last year. That averages 60,000 tests per staff member.”
“We process more than just blood samples” says Roxanna Forman, Senior Biomedical Scientist. “We might get tissue samples, nail clippings or other bodily fluids”.
Today, the Institute of Biomedical Science has announced their Champion of Biomedical Science award winners. Our very own Caroline Parkes has been chosen as the winner for the award for the East Midlands Region, and was described by the person nominating her as being a “fantastic role model”. Caroline will receive an award, certificate and a day pass to attend the Institute of Biomedical Science Congress in September. She said she felt “very pleased and honoured to have won”.
Our enthusiastic group of biomedical scientists considered what the best thing was about their job. They love the variety of their work, and “although we’re not patient facing, we’re helping our patients and making a difference” adds Sharon Cullen, Senior Biomedical Scientist.
A huge thank you to all of our pathology team for all they do; and a huge well done to Caroline.