The Northern Area Armed Hospital s, Laboratory (NAAFH)
is one of fully automated laboratories of MSD. The running
regulation in NAAFH Lab is that of MSD.
The main laboratory located at the level 0 while ED lab and two
collection areas located at level 1 in addition to laboratory for
Hafar Al batin Clinic.
Two specimen collection areas; one for male and one for female which
receive the patient from 7 am up to 3 30 pm from Sunday to Thursday
using electronic request.
The main Lab. is divided into different sections based on the
The Lab department offers diagnostic services in all the disciplines
of pathology; Clinical chemistry and toxicology, Haematology/
Coagulation, Serology and Hormones, Microbiology, Clinical
Microscopy (Urine analysis , Parasitology), Histopathology and
Cytology, Molecular Biology, Preventive Medicine Lab and Transfusion
Each section/discipline is equipped with the latest state-of-art
analyzer and instrument and linked to laboratory information system
(LIS) which liked to Hospital information system (HIS):
Roche Cobas 6000 C501, Abbott Architect plus C4000, Ortho vitros
5600, Dimension RXL for clinical chemistry
Viva and Cobas Intergra 400 for Toxicology
Advia 2120i and cell-dyn Rubym 3500 and 3700 for haematology
Dade BCS for coagulation studies
Abbott Architect plus1000SR, Roche Cobas 6000 e601, immunolite 2000
xpi, Dade NBP100, Dade BEP 2000 and Victor 2D for new born screening
test in Immunology/Serology and Hormone section
Dade Microscan Walkway 96 plus, Bactec 9240, Bactec MGIT and
Clinitec Advantus for Microbiology
Histopathology department is well equipped and automated with most
recent update instrument with Cryostat for Frozen section in OR and
Fine Needle aspiration. Also the Histopathology Lab is linked to
PSMMC and other MSD Hospitals through telemedicine technology.
Roche Cobas Taq Man 48 for diagnostic PCR and NAT Cobas Ampliprep/Taqman
for screening of Blood unit.
Each of these
sections has its routine (daily act), Time Scheduled routine and
special test for rare assays.
The routine test
processed completely with its results released after verification to
electronic file of the patient at the same moment of the same day.
The time Scheduled
routine; hormones, vitamins, hepatitis markers, tumor markers,
hemoglobin electrophoresis is processed and released to electronic
file of the patient on the same day of the time schedule.
The special tests
are performed for certain patients; drug assays, Cystatin C, special
stool assays. It is done as an outcome of conversion between the
medical staff and laboratory consultant and on requisition.