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A simple and direct method of turnround time audit in a microbiology laboratory.
  1. P G Murphy,
  2. E Crothers
  1. Department of Bacteriology, Belfast City Hospital.


    A method of specimen turnround time audit, directly controlled by laboratory staff, was applied to a bacteriology service to assess service efficiency and identify delays and other deficiencies, so that resources could be optimised. The method provided a complete collection of turnround time data and was easy to use. Delays of both administrative and technical natures were identified, and with minimal reorganisation the mean turnround time was improved.

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