The laboratory forms an integral part of The Nairobi West Hospital healthcare offering a 24 hour service. It is run by a highly qualified and dedicated team of phlebotomists, technologists and support staff.
The The Nairobi West Hospital laboratory services are provided in an ultra-modern facility equipped with modern automated equipment that are well maintained. The lab provides diagnostic services in phlebotomy, clinical chemistry, special chemistry, hematology, blood bank and transfusion, histopathology and cytopathology.
The Hospital’s main Laboratory is working towards achieving ISO 15189:2012 accreditation.
Accuracy and precision of tests are maintained by strict internal quality assurance programme which is reviewed daily. The lab is participating in external quality control programmes; RIQAS (Randox International Quality Assessment Scheme) – UK, and HUQAS (Human Quality Assessment Service) – Canada, with an aim of providing test results that meet international standards.
The The Nairobi West Hospital Hospital laboratory has the following sections:
this section is well equipped with a modern state of the art fully automatic chemistry analyser. The analyser has a broad test menu including Renal function tests, liver function tests, cardiac enzymes, lipid profile, blood sugar and glycated hemoglobin among others.
This section is highly specialized performing mainly immunological and rare tests. The main equipment is an immuno analyser which is fully automated. Tests performed here include troponin, insulin, ferritin, Vitamin 812, folate, thyroid function tests, HIV, hepatitis 8 and C, hormonal profiles and tumour markers.
Hematology and Blood Bank
The section is responsible for blood counts and also ensuring that blood for transfusion is safe for patients use. It is equipped with a fully automated analyser and a backup service for coagulation studies. The blood bank is able to make blood products namely platelets concentrates, fresh frozen plasma for patients when required, using a refrigerated centrifuge. Currently the gel system is used for grouping and cross match. Bone marrows are preferred if requested by a Consultant Hematologist.
Microbiology and Parasitology
The section performs standard analysis of specimen for bacterial, parasitic and T8 infection.
Histology and Cytology
This section serves the hospital and many other small laboratories in the vicinity. Surgical specimen are processed and read by highly qualified histo/cytopathologist. Pap smear, F.NA. And non-gynecological cytology specimens like effusion, urine and Cerebral Spinal Fluid (C.S.F) are processed to assist in clinical diagnosis and thus proper management. The consultants are available for discussion with clinician if required.
This section is specialized for the diagnosis of Bacteriology, Parasitology and Tuberculosis, aerobic and anaerobic bacterial cultures, drug susceptibility testing, Ziel Nelson staining technique for diagnosis of TB, a wide range of rapid antigen detection test e.g. salmonella antigen, Pylori etc., and diphasic blood culture.