Point of Care Testing (POCT)

Point of Care Testing (POCT)

Point of Care Testing (POCT)

Point of Care Testing (PoCT) refers to any analytical test performed for or by a patient outside the conventional laboratory setting. The Point of Care Testing Team provides support for POCT devices used within the Trust, covering King’s Mill Hospital, Newark Hospital, Mansfield Community Hospital, Ashfield Health and Wellbeing Centre, and Barlborough Treatment Centre. POCT is used in a variety of settings from emergency medicine to community clinics to help speed up the diagnostic process, often streamlining treatment and putting patients on the correct treatment pathway. In 2018/19, there were 275,387 tests carried out using Point of Care equipment within the Trust.

The team provides help and advice on the implementation, training, quality assurance, troubleshooting and monitoring of Point of Care testing systems, including glucose, ketone, INR, Creatinine, HCG, urinalysis, full blood count analysis, stat biochemistry analysis, bilirubin, blood gases and haemoglobin analysis.

Point of Care Testing equipment should only be used by trained individuals. Please contact the team if you require training.

If you require advice or assistance with a Point of Care equipment issue please contact the Point of Care Team on EXT 3631 or mobile 07713088041. The team are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.

Please note: The team are often out on the wards and clinical sites and may not be able to answer the telephone extension all the time. If urgent please contact the mobile and leave a message. Thank you.

You can also contact the team via email on sfh-tr.pointofcare@nhs.net

Please note that the POCT service that is provided is not included within the scope of UKAS Accreditation.


Meet the Team

Consultant Clinical Scientist and POCT Lead – Dr Griffiths

Advanced Medical Laboratory Assistant – Rachel 


Useful links & Patient Info Leaflets



The Pathology Service at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing a high quality diagnostic service supporting the clinical requirements of all users.

We are required by UKAS, our accreditation body, to carry out an annual survey to seek feedback from our users as to whether the Department meets their expectations and requirements. This feedback will help us shape the future of the service and help us to continuously improve.

We would be most grateful if you could spare a few moments to complete the below questionnaire. All responses will be anonymous.

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