Dromore’s Graham Scott is one of two Southern Health and Social Care Trust biomedical scientists to recently gain the Higher Specialist Examination, a professional qualification from the Institute of Biomedical Science.
Graham, who specialises in transfusion science, and Mairead Caraher, in haematology, are the only two in Northern Ireland to hold the award in their respective fields.
They join their microbiology colleague, Gary Warnock, who gained the same qualification two years ago.
There are 133 laboratory staff in the Southern Trust, providing a 24-hour service across Daisy Hill and Craigavon Area hospitals.
All work closely with doctors, nurses and other healthcare professionals, playing a key role in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
Both Graham and Mairead work across the Daisy Hill and Craigavon laboratories.
As biomedical scientists in haematology and blood transfusion, their work involves performing full blood count, coagulation testing, antibody identification and crossmatching blood.
Ronan Carroll, Assistant Director of Acute Services; Cancer and Clinical Services for the Southern Trust, said: “Without biomedical scientists, the diagnosis, treatment and research into the causes and cures of disease would not be possible.
“We examine around two and a half million patient samples in our laboratories each year 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.
“Those who obtain their Higher Specialist Diploma from the Institute of Biomedical Science demonstrate that they have exceptional skills, knowledge and a real commitment to their profession.”