Point of care testing

Point of Care Testing

Point of care testing (PoCT) plays a pivotal role in the delivery of modern evidence based healthcare supplementing the services provided by pathology.  PoCT is testing that is performed near or at the site of a patient and supports immediate clinical management decisions.

PoCT within the Trust is extensive with over 900,000 samples being analysed each year, using 12 different types of analytical device. At any one time around 3,000 staff are trained and deemed competent to use one or more of the PoCT devices.

The following PoCT devices are used within the Trust.

Blood gas & metabolites

Serum bilirubin


Blood glucose



Blood ketone

Urine pregnancy testing

Ruptured membrane screen


Total haemoglobin

Premature labour screen

A PoCT team from pathology manage the governance processes that are required to ensure patient safety in relation to the use of the above systems within the Trust, community locations and private hospitals.  This team is supported by the relevant pathology disciplines and a multidisciplinary Trust PoCT committee.

Services provided by the PoCT team include, but are not limited to, device selection and evaluation, training and competency assessment, quality control and quality assessment, production of appropriate documentation such as standard operating procedures and audit.

Our staff

Phil Bates MSc., PGCert., FIBMS
Trust PoCT Coordinator & Chair PoCT Committee
Pathology Department, Kent and Canterbury Hospital, Ethelbert Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 3NG.
Telephone: 01227 864368 or ext 722 4368
Email: philipbates@nhs.net

Sarah Hogben MSc.,
PoCT Biomedical Scientist (WHH site lead) - Normal working hours Wednesday to Friday
Pathology Department, William Harvey Hospital, Kennington Road, Ashford, Kent, TN24 0LZ.
Telephone: 01233 633331 ext.723 8706
Email: sarah.hogben@nhs.net
Phil Keeler CSci., DMS,  FIBMS.
PoCT Biomedical Scientist (QEQM site lead) - Normal working hours Monday to Wednesday
Pathology Department, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital, St Peters Road, Margate, CT9 4AN.
Telephone: 01843 225544 ext. 7253973
Email: pkeeler@nhs.net