A biomedical scientist from the Southern Health and Social Care Trust is the first in Northern Ireland to be awarded a Higher Specialist Diploma in Microbiology.
Gary Warnock who works in the laboratories at Craigavon Area Hospital received the award from the Institute of Biomedical Science.
There are 133 laboratory staff in the Southern Trust providing a 24 hour service across Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area hospitals. The team of scientists and administrative staff work in four main disciplines within the laboratory; Biochemistry, Haematology/Blood Transfusion, Microbiology and Pathology.
All laboratory staff work closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, playing a key role in enabling patients to be diagnosed and treated.
As a biomedical scientist in microbiology, Gary’s role involves identifying bacteria that cause infections and determining their sensitivity to antibiotics, which has a significant impact on patient care. He is also currently involved in Quality Assurance in the laboratory.
The Higher Specialist Diploma involved essays and exams on microbiology and management issues, presentations and Continuous Professional Development.
Ronan Carroll, Assistant Director of Acute Services; Cancer and Clinical Services for the Southern Trust said: “Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis of disease, treatments and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible. Last year almost two and a half million patient samples from both hospital and community were examined in our laboratories so our biomedical teams play a very vital role in the Southern Trust.
“As science and technology are continually evolving we need to keep up to date with latest developments and ensure that we can meet increasing standards. I would like to congratulate Gary for his commitment and pay tribute to the laboratory team who provide such specialised knowledge and expertise.”