The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Join Leeds Hospital Biomedical Science staff in a celebration of their life-saving profession

18 June 2019

Hospital scientists in Leeds are inviting the public to learn more about their behind-the-scenes role with tours of their labs or through virtual reality (VR) to celebrate Biomedical Science Day on Thursday 20th June.

Up to 10,000 blood samples are processed in the labs each day, which includes samples for over 200 GP practices across the Yorkshire region. The newborn screening lab tests 45,000 babies a year for nine rare but serious conditions.

The public are invited to tours at the Leeds General Infirmary blood sciences lab, and these will take place throughout the day. They will provide a unique insight into what happens to a blood sample within a hospital and the vital role laboratory staff play in saving lives. Anyone interested in attending a tour should email Ellie McLaughlan (eleanor.mclaughlan@nhs.net ) - the 15 minute tours will take place on Thursday 20th June, on the hour, every hour, from 10am-4pm setting off from Jubilee Wing at LGI.

There will also be stalls in the Bexley wing atrium at St James’s hospital, demonstrating the variety of roles and areas that biomedical science covers. VR headsets will be available to get a unique insight into the histopathology lab, and the team will also be showcasing the different tests and samples that they process every day.

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Biomedical Science Day is a national event organised by the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS), the professional body for biomedical scientists and laboratory support staff. The awareness day aims to inform the public and empower patients by telling them about practices in biomedical science, strengthen interdisciplinary team work and communication in hospitals and celebrate a profession that is at the heart of healthcare.

In its third year, Biomedical Science Day has gained significant popularity amongst biomedical laboratory staff across the UK, with hundreds of laboratories opening their doors or organising events in their local hospital or school.