Medical Laboratory Aide

HSE, Letterkenny University Hospital

Salary: €34,511 - €40,959
Closing Date: 18/01/2022
Full Time

 There is currently one Permanent whole time vacancy available.


The Medical Laboratory Aide will:

  • Receive, unpack and log in specimens.
  • Participate in the laboratory’s accreditation procedures and processes.
  • Complete test worksheets and other laboratory records and check same as required. Keep such records appropriate to the post.
  • Train new and existing staff where directed.
  • Monitor supply stocks and report shortages to senior staff.
  • Assist with filing and archiving.
  • Take record and deliver phone messages as required; phone laboratory reports as required.
  • File specimens and slides and maintenance of records.
  • Perform specific department duties including stock control and other duties as required.


The Medical Laboratory Aide will:

  • Receive, sort, label and decant specimens and input patient and test information into computerised Laboratory Information Management system (LIMS) ensuring accuracy of data entry.
  • Prepare and dispatch samples to other laboratories as required. Complying with regulations for transport of pathology samples.
  • Wash/clean laboratory glassware according to proper procedures and to keep washing areas clean and clear of glassware/plastics.
  • Prepare samples, equipment and reagent as required for testing biological samples for drugs and related tests and dispose of specimens and contaminated materials (including sharps).
  • Prepare basic laboratory solutions, reagents, and culture media and maintain records.
  • Assist in Histology, Microbiology, Biochemistry, Haematology or Blood Transfusion as appropriate.
  • Use and operate equipment such as centrifuges and automated equipment as designated.
  • Ensure proper use, maintenance and cleaning of standard laboratory equipment,g. Centrifuges, autoclaves, refrigerators, etc.
  • Perform tests under supervision and record results of such tests.
  • Perform duties under the direction of the Laboratory Manager and department Senior Medical Scientist / Chief Medical Scientist.

 Accreditation / Standards / Regulatory

The Medical Laboratory Aide will:

  • Keep the laboratory, instruments within the laboratory, the cold room, the storage area and the fume cupboards clean and tidy at all times.
  • Perform all duties according to written laboratory procedures and meeting accreditation standards
  • Comply with laboratory safety policy at all times.
  • Comply with the operational policies of the HSE-NDTC and be aware of fire precautions as outlined in the Health & Safety Statement.
  • Work jointly with others in the interest of patients and service users.

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