Students glimpse 'hidden science' at Torbay Hospital
Students from six local secondary schools are being given a glimpse of the ‘hidden science’ of pathology by doctors and laboratory staff at Torbay Hospital.
The visit by around 100 students on 2nd October is one of many events arranged by pathology staff at the Hospital to mark National Pathology Year 2012, an exciting year long programme of public events organised by pathologists and scientists up and down the UK, as well as overseas, to increase public awareness of pathology. Other events at Torbay include displays in the Hospital outpatient reception and Bayview restaurant.
Pathology is the study of disease in tissues and blood, and includes biochemistry, microbiology, haematology, blood transfusion and histopathology. As it takes place in hospital laboratories rather than on wards, it has been described as a ‘hidden science’ which is vital in the diagnosis and monitoring of many different diseases.
National Pathology Year was organised by the Royal College of Pathologists as an opportunity to develop relationships with schools, science centres, museums and the wider public in order to increase understanding of pathology this year and for many years to come. To give focus to the year and to provide inspiration, the College has developed a series of monthly themes.
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The pathology department at Torbay Hospital employs 88 members of staff and approximately 3.2 million biochemistry tests are carried out every year.
Dr Aabha Sharma, Consultant in Chemical Pathology at Torbay Hospital, said: "The aim of the events is to promote the role of pathology and the work we do. The majority of our work is behind the scenes and unknown to patients and members of the public. As well as being fun, National Pathology Year will create an opportunity to raise our profile.”