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The Laboratory Diagnostic Services in the University Hospital are carried out in specialized laboratories, which are part of individual hospital institutes, clinics and departments. The most important are those laboratories based in:

  • the institute of clinical biochemistry (ICB)
  • the institute of clinical hematology (ICH)
  • blood centre
  • the institute of clinical pharmacology (ICP)
  • the department of medical genetics (DMG)
  • the institute of forensic medicine (IFM)
  • the institute of pathology (IP)


The ICB, ICH and ICP laboratories perform approximately 90% of all laboratory examinations in the University Hospital. The majority of them run around the clock and 80% of the analysis and examinations are fully automatic and can be performed by robotic/automated equipment as happens most developed laboratories around the world.

The center of laboratory diagnostics (CLD) is a unit which integrates the laboratory activities of four areas: clinical biochemistry, clinical pharmacology, clinical hematology and the laboratory of nuclear medicine. The intention is to consolidate and centralize those activities which are currently carried out separately by each center. The CLD consists of the following departments: the biological material intake department, the central admission for biological material and the central automated laboratory, which carries out routine biochemical, hematological and immunological analyses. The centre also includes a common quality management section.

The examinations are carried out under supervision of specialists skilled in the related laboratory areas. Specialized analyses (approximately 15% of the remaining, largely manually performed, analysis) as well as the outpatient and inpatient wards are under direct control of the relevant institutes.

 The main mission of the CLD is the introduction of a consolidated, multidisciplinary laboratory operation for routinely performed biochemical, hematological and immunological laboratory analysis. The analysis would be carried out 24 hours/day, there would also be one department of biological material handling. Thus we could achieve more efficient responses from the laboratory and increase client comfort at the same time.

Our other goals are as follows:

  • to unify pre- and post- analytical procedures
  • to introduce complex approach to the clinic interpretation of laboratory findings
  • to lower economic costs
  • to maintain a unified position towards our suppliers
  • to utilize laboratory technology in more efficient way
  • to increase the quality of laboratory diagnostic services

For laboratory activities in particular, a consolidated CLD further brings the following advantages:

  • in the pre-analytic stage: by using the biological sample intake and central admission departments we will lower the number of biological samples and, by unifying laboratory information systems, we will achieve more simple registration procedures for laboratory examinations;
  • in the analytic stage it is our intention to utilize a common central laboratory for automated analysis in shift operation and to optimize the utilization of analyzing equipment;
  • in the post-analytic stage we would like to unify the issuing-of-results procedure for both clinics and doctors with an option to consult on a multidisciplinary basis (biochemistry, hematology, immunoanalysis, pharmacology, genetics) ;
  • in the area of quality management we plan to introduce a unified system of quality management to the consolidated laboratories with the intention of increasing the number of accredited departments under CLD
  • mutual and close cooperation of different branches (biochemistry, hematology, immunoanalysis, pharmacology, genetics) creates a solid base for research and educational activities, post-graduate training of physicians and other medical staff and for the organization of clinical studies.

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