Date of release: 5 November 2020
Continuing to highlight National Pathology Week, we chat to Sue Lovegrove, Microbiology Service Lead, Black Country Pathology Services, as we turn the spotlight to Microbiology.
What makes your specialism important?
“BCPS Microbiology is at the cutting edge of the current pandemic, providing a Microbiology service identifying infectious diseases, the cause of septicaemia and screening for MRSA and C. difficile, which is just a small part of the testing we do,” said Sue.
“In addition we are now providing an ever evolving COVID PCR testing service using multiple analysers across the Black Country.
“We provide a service that aids clinical teams with diagnosis and treatment utilising state-of-the-art equipment. The team has a wealth of experience that they are keen to share with junior staff.
“No two days are the same in Microbiology as we never know what we might isolate or detect from a clinical sample.
“This is part of the challenge that makes Microbiology an exciting discipline within Pathology.”
Why did you opt to follow a path in Microbiology?
“I completed a Microbiology module within my A-level Biology and found it incredibly interesting so chose to complete a degree in Microbiology,” added Sue.
“During my degree I completed a 12 month placement within a Microbiology department and enjoyed the challenge, diversity and direct link to helping a patient.”
Why is National Pathology Week important?
Sue said: “To highlight the hidden service that provides clinical staff with many of the tools they require to effectively diagnose, manage and treat their patients.”