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President of the Royal College of Pathologists visits #TeamWestHerts

Posted: 15 October 2020

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#TeamWestHerts were delighted when Professor Jo Martin, president of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath), paid a visit to the microbiology department yesterday (Wednesday 14 October) at Watford General Hospital to hear about all our recent microbiology developments.

In particular, Prof. Martin heard about the rapid diagnostic testing for COVID-19 in response to the pandemic. She was very impressed with how the department has been able to implement local PCR testing (antibody tests for COVID-19) through identifying the required space and facilities, obtaining new analysers, setting up the right IT interface, recruiting the number of staff needed to provide a 24/7 service and ramping up COVID-19 testing capacity to about 250 samples per day.

Prof. Martin praised the department, saying that it has always had a fantastic reputation nationally and this was yet another example of how well the team has risen to COVID-19 challenges.

She said “It was a delight to meet the team and to see what stunning work they are doing. You seem such a happy department with great leadership.”

Dr Prema Singh, clinical lead for microbiology , added: “We are immensely proud to receive such positive feedback from the president as the team has worked incredibly hard during the COVID-19 pandemic in putting patient care at the centre of everything that we do.”

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