Parathyroid blood hormone levels are measured during surgery to remove parathyroid glands to help ensure all tissue is safely removed.
Traditionally the turnaround time for processing these blood samples via the cellular laboratory was up to 60 minutes. During this time patients would be kept anaesthetised in a fully staffed theatre.
With charitable support, a new piece of equipment has been purchased that allows the blood samples to be processed far more rapidly in theatre, reducing the turnaround time to around 15 minutes. This means patients recover from surgery quicker, while theatre utilisation is improved.