POCT Service Information

POCT Service Information

Service Overview

The Point-of-Care Testing services are based at the LGI laboratory site, but clinical services are provided at all Trust sites. This service includes support for staff training and routine maintenance of analytical systems for glucose, blood gas and urinalysis testing.

The main sites include:

  • Leeds General Infirmary
  • St James’ University Hospital
  • Chapel Allerton Hospital
  • Seacroft Hospital
  • Wharfedale Hospital


In addition to hospital sites, the POCT team is also responsible for the routine maintenance of glucose meters at Satellite units in the community.

These include:

  • Dewsbury Hospital Renal Unit
  • Calderdale Hospital Renal Unit
  • Huddersfield Royal Infirmary Renal Unit
  • Hannah Pickard Renal Unit (Pontefract General Infirmary)
  • Beeston Medical Centre Dialysis Unit
  • Dental Teaching Unit at Beeston Hill Community Health Centre
  • St Gemma’s Hospice


The POCT team is also responsible for the running and distribution of EQA schemes for Blood gas, Urinalysis, INR testing, Haemoglobin for Hemocue analysers, Glucose and Ketone monitoring within the hospital, community and satellite units.

Blood gas and urinalysis EQA is carried out by the POCT team. INR, Haemoglobin for Hemocue analysers, Glucose and Ketone monitoring is distributed by the team and is analysed by registered device operators.



The POCT policy states that only trained members of staff may operate POCT devices. It is a mandatory requirement to have documented training before POCT equipment can be used. Once members of staff have been trained by the appropriate parties, they will be given access to the POCT devices through the use of the barcode number present on the staff ID badge issued by the Trust. For agency members of staff, POCT staff will issue specially generated barcodes.

Training on all devices lasts up to a maximum of 2 years, when it must then be refreshed to ensure sustained competency.

PLEASE NOTE: The sharing of passwords is against Trust policy, both the Data protection policy and the use of computers policy. Every member of staff is required to undertake mandatory Information Governance (IG) training and should be aware of this. Sharing passwords breaks principle 7 of the Data Protection Act (1998), which could be interpreted as unauthorised processing. This is unlawful under section 55 of the Act. It is also an offence under the Computer Misuse Act (1990), punishable by a maximum custodial sentence of 5 years. 


The POCT team provides training on all devices, primarily on Blood Gas and Urinalysis equipment. For glucose monitoring, HemoCue, Coagucheck and iStat training, key trainers are available on the departments for ease of access.


To organise blood gas or urinalysis training, please contact the team using the contact details listed below. For all other training, please contact a key trainer appropriate to the device training is required on.

Contact Information

POCT – LGI site

Dept of Blood Sciences
Old Medical School
Leeds General Infirmary
Ext: 22338 (Normal working hours: 0830 -1700)

Mobile: 07775996028 (normal working hours)

E-mail: leedsth-tr.PointofCare@nhs.net



Dept of Blood Sciences
Block 32 Lincoln Wing
St James University Hospital
Beckett Street,
West Yorkshire,
Ext: 22338 (Normal working hours: 0830 -1700)

Mobile: 07775996028 (normal working hours)

Ext: 6234 (Out of hours)


Note: Wharfedale, Seacroft, and Chapel Allerton POCT is covered by LGI/SJUH




Page updated: 27/03/18 | Updated by: Daniel Ogola