Royal Hospital for Sick children goes live with Harvey's Gang

Hello everyone; FANTASTIC news 

Edinburgh has officially went live with ‘Harvey Gang’

We are delighted to announce to Harvey Gang that Arabella Muir was our first patient at Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh on 08/08/18. 

Arabella was diagnosed with ALL in Nov 2016: Here are a few lines from Arabella:

"I was really excited when I was asked to be the first member of Harveys Gang in Edinburgh.  It was really interesting to see around the labs and find out what happened to my blood.  It was really cool.  I liked looking down the microscope and found that really interesting.  I’ve seen it on load of movies and it was great to do it myself.  I really didn’t know what to expect and I never realised how many things need to be done to your blood to get a tiny test.  The machines were amazing, especially the big robot.  It was all really exciting.  I really liked it when the sample came out the spinner and the blood was split like oil and vinegar.  It was really strange how little was left when the clear bit was taken out and amazing that you can get a result from so little blood.  Getting to see my bone marrow was an extra bonus and let me see what leukaemia looks like.  I really liked looking at the neutrophils, especially the one that looked like a smiley face; it was well behaved!  Thanks for asking me to be the first one to do it.
Harvey Gang tour started with blood samples taken in morning –arrive by hand with patient, Arabella Muir 

The Behind the scene tour begins with Arabella being introduced to the Air Pod System which transports blood samples to the blood Science laboratory from the RHSC hospital, Arabella sent a pod to the hospital clinic with a personal message from her, we then waited to see if the same pod returned with a message sent back; It did! 

Arabella got to identify the variety of blood collection tubes used in our laboratory –she recognised the different sizes and colours of tubes from a chart of different coloured blood tubes and recalled the colour of tubes she got taken today for blood tests

Arabella was able to view the process in which individual barcoded laboratory numbers are assigned to her own blood samples and ready to be analysed for the requested tests  and the tests requested by the doctor along with patient details are entered into the laboratory computer system

Arabella got to use the whizzy machine ‘centrifuge’ in which a blood sample was centrifuged to separate the cells from liquid part ‘supernatant’ for biochemistry testing.

Arabella then toured the Blood Sciences laboratory watching blood samples being processed.

Arabella meets the specialised machine called ‘Abbott architect’ but we prefer to call him ARCHIE, she watches him perform many different types of chemical reactions on the fluid plasma (supernatant) the most common requests are for analysis of blood on this analyser, we have capability measuring the amount of  30 different substances in blood and  9 products in urine  some in fluids such as CSF, different chemical reactions requires longer time to measure the products, the chemical reactions take place in individual glass cups called ‘cuvettes. chemistry assays can assess your health, check if you have an infection or see how well certain organs, such as the liver and kidneys, are working

Arabella gots to playI SPY in the laboratory and she managed to tick off  everything in the activity book – Well done Arabella!

Arabella visited the Haematology section to meet the analyser  ‘sysmex’  also known as the ‘The gluppie glup’ machine which sorted the blood cells and counted them into different cells;
white blood cells, red blood cells and platelets.

We looked at her own results from today and compared them with the reference range for children of her age and her previous results
Arabella watched a her own blood being spread to make a blood film and then stained> to do this we had to use a machine to ‘dye the cells’ by colouring them in make them in its makes them easier to spot under the microscope
Arabella looked at her own blood sample under the microscope and identify the different types of cells with help from the activity sheets

Arabella also got to view her own previous bone marrow spreads under the microscope as well as her own blood film and bone marrow were viewed from a monitor with an explanation of her diagnosis and treatment needed to make her get better at the end of the tour  Arabella was congratulated on becoming an honorary member of Harvey Gang and presented with Certificate of Attendance on becoming ‘a trainee Biomedical scientist’ for the day
‘Harvey’s Goody bag’ full of presents (age dependent) such as: SYSMEX ruler and coloured post it tabs, a squishy microscope and water bottle from Menarini. Cuddly teddy and highlighter triple coloured pen and pencil from WERFEN. Gonk novelty character, coloured post it tabs and post it pad and pen from IBMS .Harvey’s Gang journal, pen  and coloured pencils pack .orange Harvey’s Gang lanyard and  gonk novelty character. a squishy red blood from Ortho Clinical Diagnostics. a fabulous Harvey’s Gang lab coat from Handelsbanken (The new batches are kindly sponsored by The IBMS)

Special mention to our current laboratory suppliers ‘highlighted’ for their generous donations

If you require any more information , please do not hesitate to ask

Best Wishes
Tamara Hanson
Laboratory section manager
Paediatric Haematology and Biochemistry laboratories
Royal Hospital for Sick children

Harvey's Gang also would like to say thanks to Tammy for her huge effort to start Harvey's Gang and to the team in Royal Hospital for Sick children and welcome Arbella to Harvey's gang.

Additionally  a  huge thanks to Handelsbanken, Ortho Clinical Diagnostics and The IBMS for their kind generous and continued support for Harvey's Gang.

You can help support Harvey's Gang thank you, Malcolm Robinson

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