From the Editor

From the Editor

Welcome to our first digital College Bulletin! The theme, understandably, is COVID-19 – a topic that has totally refashioned how we conduct our working and personal lives.

From the President

From the President

It has been a time of enormous change for everyone, all over the world. We have changed what we do and how we do it, including the services in which we work, in an incredibly short period of time and at a rapid pace with considerable personal effort. We have done this at a time when there has been huge change in our own circumstances in the face of personal loss or significant difficulties.

Pathology and COVID-19

COVID-19 – A new plague year

Dr David Jenkins introduces the theme of COVID-19 for this edition of the Bulletin, capturing our collective experience and concerns.

COVID-19 – Nightingale tales

This article describes the incredible achievements in setting up pathology services to support the Nightingale Hospital at the Excel site at very short notice.

COVID-19 – The role of viral genomics in shaping the response to the pandemic

Whole genome sequencing with data sharing across a global community has been unprecedented and essential in informing the public health response during the pandemic.

COVID-19 and the devolved nations

These three articles from the College Regional Councils in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland describe the different approaches and their particular challenges around the introduction of testing during the pandemic.

COVID-19 – Reorganisation of mobile blood collections in the age of social distancing: experience from Malaysia

Maintaining sufficient safe blood supply requires extensive community participation. This article describes the Malaysian perspective on maintaining essential transfusion services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 – A chaplaincy view from a multi-faith university hospital community

Frank Boulton, retired haematologist and blood transfusion specialist, is now a Quaker Faith Advisor for Southampton university’s Faith and Reflection Centre. He also has an immuno-haematology teaching commitment within the Faculty of Medicine. He shares his experience of supporting a multi-faith chaplaincy community.

COVID-19 – Caring for deceased patients at the NHS Nightingale mortuary

On my arrival at the Nightingale Hospital, I joined a team whose remit was to construct a mortuary to look after deceased patients as part of the compassionate care team.

COVID-19 – Death certification: lessons learned within the hospital setting

Dr Zoë Avila outlines challenges she experienced working as a lead doctor in a death certification unit at a COVID-19 pandemic hospital and as a medical examiner at a london teaching hospital.

COVID-19 – Healthcare scientists in pathology: the challenges of responding to the virus

The Head of the National School of Healthcare Science highlights the key contribution of scientists across many disciplines and the part they played during the pandemic.

COVID-19 – Establishing convalescent plasma as an effective therapy

High-quality research is essential in underpinning the clinical use of COVID-19 convalescent plasma and this article describes the UK randomised controlled trials underway.

COVID-19 – Challenges for pathology laboratories during the COVID-19 pandemic: the view from Australia

The pandemic has necessitated significant changes in how pathology laboratories operate. Here, the experiences of microbiology and haematology laboratories from an institution in Melbourne, Australia, are summarised in three key themes.

COVID-19 – The journey from Oxford medical school to the world’s largest ICU

Medical undergraduates contributed a significant amount of time and effort in helping with the efficient running of pathology services at the Nightingale Excel Hospital.

COVID-19 – Cytology and the pandemic

This article describes the major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on cytopathology services across the UK. Many issues are similar to those faced by other pathology disciplines but others are unique.

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