LABORATORY DEPARTMENT

AGH LABORATORIES:

Our Laboratories service in AGH is one of the best and most comprehensive in the eastern region, we are offering a wide range of diagnostic and clinical support services to all patients, which help the doctors for safe diagnostic and treat illness. Each Laboratory is provided with best available analytical instrumentation. All our consultants, specialist and technicians provide analytical, interpretative and advisory services across all our Laboratories in AGH in Khobar, Dammam, Jubail and Hofuf.

 

LABORATORY MISSION:

To offer and provide a wide variety of laboratory services performed by a qualified staff using  modern technology combined with the tradition of caring and compassion. This is to assist physicians in diagnosing, establishing a prognosis and  detecting disease

 

 

LABORATORY VISION :

To be a Referral Central Lab,  distinguished by its qualified staff, modern technology,   and affiliated with the  international health care standards.

 

 

LABORATORY VALUES:

AGH-Khobar Laboratories are dedicated to provide a highly quality of health care service that exceeds expectation  and in response to patients need regardless of race, gender, disability or nationality, considering the following:

 

 -Quality:

To offer the most reliable Laboratory Services, through an effective monitoring system, identifying and correcting errors and deviations, to assist physician to make the correct diagnosis and management.

 

-Patient Rights:

To recognize patient’s rights; good treat, respecting privacy and confidentiality regarding any data related to his/her condition.

 

-Clinical Competence

Laboratory Staff has the skills, qualification and experience ensuring the optimal quality of services with ethical basis.

 

-Financial Effectiveness

The optimal utilization of resources through careful planning, priorities identification and cost control to ensure realistic health expenditures within concept of health economy.

 

-Safety Environment

Safe, effective and smooth services that fulfill patient, visitors and Laboratory staff needs and expectations through strict regulation to prevent hazards.

 

 

 

 

LABORATORY GOALS:

Our goal is to deliver consistently high levels of laboratory services and innovative solutions to meet the needs of our patients and customers.

 

 

LABORATORY STAFF:

AGH Laboratory is enriched with high qualified consultant Pathologist, specialist and technicians to provide high quality of services based on scientific experience and skills.

 

 

LABORATORY SERVICES:

AGH Laboratory provides a wide variety of Laboratory investigations that meet the patient needs including but not limited to:

 

HEMATOLOGY SECTION:

Where blood cells and its components are counted, examined and coagulation profile are done. 

Main Available Investigations:                                         

1). Complete Blood Count

2). Peripheral blood morphology                          

3). Coagulation Profile                               

4). Bone marrow aspiration and biopsy

5). Hemoglobin Variant Study and Thalassemia Screening

 

BLOOD BANK AND TRANSFUSION MEDICINE:

To provide our patient with requirement for blood products.Donor screening and specific antigen-antibody identification of blood components.

Main Available Investigations:                             

1). Blood grouping (ABO/Rh)                                           

2). Donor screening- include 18 different test to assure safe blood transfusion                            

3). Crossmatching                                                  

4). Phenotyping      

5). Antibody screening & identification

           

MOLECULAR BIOLOGY:

Nucleic acid test (NAT): multiple PCR system as part of Donor screening for HCV, HIV, HBV to assure safe blood transfusion for patients.

 

CHEMISTRY SECTION:

Blood and other body fluids are examined through chemical analysis.

Main Available Investigation:                                           

1). Blood glucose monitoring & HBA1c

2). Lipid Profile

3). Renal Function test

4). Liver Function Test

5). Cardiac Disease Markers

6). Body Fluid Chemistry

7). Thyroid Function Test

8). HBA1c (HPLC)

9). Drug Screening

 

 

 

CLINICAL MICROSCOPY & PARASITOLOGY SECTION:

Body fluids and semen analysis is microscopically examined, study of blood and urine, stool parasitology.

Main Available Investigation:                               

1). Urine & stool analysis                                                  

2). Occult Blood                                                                   

3). CSF & body fluids microscopic examinations

4). Semen analysis.

5). Tissue &Blood Parasites

6). Stool & urine parasites

7). Malaria Investigations

 

 

SPECIAL CHEMISTRY/IMMUNOLOGY/SEROLOGY SECTION:

Performed investigations that based mainly on Ag-Ab reaction.

Main Available Investigation:                                                       

1). Reproductive Hormones                                  

2). Infectious Diseases, HIV, HTLV, Syphilis, Hepatitis           

3) TORCH

4) Tumor markers.    

5). Bone markers

6). Electrophoresis (protein)

7) Vitamins     

8). Serological Test

9). Immunology markers (Auto Immune Disorders)

 

POCT(POINT OF CARE) SERVICES:

To provide rapid result in treating Physician for patient management in critical area.

1). Blood Gas, Electrolytes

2). Glucose blood test

3). Coagulation profile

4). Cardiac Markers

 

MICROBIOLOGY SECTION:

The Microbiology test includes bacteriology analysis, antibiotic susceptibility testing, mycology, virology, molecular microbiology & mycobacteriology

Main Available test:                                                

1) Blood & body fluids culture

2) Genital/) Wound, superficial & deep seated abscess Swab culture

3) Mycobacteria & fungi detection

4) Rota or Adeno virus investigations

5) Helicobacter pylori antigen from stool

6) Widal test& Brucella Test

7) Cryptococcus antigen test from CSF & blood

8) Loop Mediated Isothermal Amplification for C. difficile

9) Quantiferon TB gold test from blood

10) Legionella urinary antigen test

 

 

 

 

 

ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY /CYTOLOGY SERVICES:

The Anatomic Pathology Laboratory is responsible for processing all tissues samples obtained at surgery, outpatient clinics including Dental, Endoscopy Units, and Radiology in this hospital.

Anatomic Pathology (AP) Laboratory specialty services include:

1). Histopathologic services

2). Frozen section (Intraoperative Consultation)

3). Fine needle aspiration cytology services with ultrasound guidance, if required

4). Gynecological and non-gynecological cytology services

5). Immunohistochemistry

6). Special stains

7). Liquid-based Pap smear

 

EXTERNAL REFERRAL TESTS:

For any Laboratory test that is not available at AGH-Laboratory can be referred to external referral Laboratories Germany, USA or France that has a known accreditation and follow the international standards of quality assurance.

 

The AGH Laboratory adopted the New Born Screening program for detection of early metabolism disorder.

 

 

QUALITY CONTROL PROGRAMS:

AGH Laboratories have an internal and external Quality Control Program to ensure accuracy, reliability and reproduction of assays.

 

AGH Laboratory has participated since 2015 in CAP “College of American Pathologist” proficiency testing program to assure quality of test performed and as a step towards the CAP accreditation.

 

 

LABORATORY LOCATION, CONTACT & WORKING HOURS:

AGH Khobar laboratory services are offered at the following area :

In-patient: 24hrs/day, 7 days/week

Out-Patient: 8am-8pm except weekends and holidays.