Pathology and Laboratory  

Under the guidance of The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, National Guard Health Affairs continues to progress with the mission to provide modern advanced medical care to National Guard personnel and their eligible dependents, develop health systems and strategies at the national level, and promote education and training to staff.

King Fahad National Guard Hospital in Riyadh commenced its operations in May 1983.  Since then, it has continued expanding, while providing services for a rapidly growing patient population in all of its catchment areas.  When National Guard Health Affairs assumed responsibility in 1994, it began the careful implementation of comprehensive modernization, development plans and expansion programs.  Today, King Fahad National Guard Hospital has evolved to be part of the King Abdulaziz Medical City, which houses the College of Nursing and Allied Sciences and the College of Medicine. 

King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh provides primary, secondary and tertiary service with a capacity of 1200 beds and approximately 3 million outpatient visits a year. It has established itself as a center of excellence as it has the largest Emergency Care Center in the Middle East, a state of the art Hepatobiliary Sciences and Liver Transplant Center, a state of the art Cardiac facility, Dental Care Services Department with various specialties, Long Term and Extended Care Services for patients requiring long-term nursing care, and the recently commissioned Oncology Unit.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a large and modern medical laboratory accredited by:

  • The Commission on Laboratory Accreditation of the College of American Pathologists (CAP).

  • The American Association of Blood Banks (AABB).  

  • Joint Commission International accreditation (JCIA).

  • International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

  • Saudi central board for accreditation of healthcare institutions (CBAHI).

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, in this tertiary referral center, supports the King Abdulaziz Medical City, Riyadh and provides selected laboratory service to the other regional hospitals, including King Abdulaziz Medical City, Jeddah, King Abdulaziz Hospital, Al Hasa, Al Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal Hospital, Dammam, as well as many primary healthcare clinics and polyclinics located throughout the Kingdom.

The Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine is a fully automated laboratory and includes all sections, namely:

  • Anatomical Pathology, includes:

    • Histopathology.
    • Cytopathology.
    • Electron Microscopy Unit.
  • Clinical Chemistry.

  • Biochemical Metabolic Laboratory.

  • Hematology and and Coagulation.

  • Immunology, includes:

    • Serology.
    • HLA.
    • Flow Cytometry.
  • Medical Microbiology, includes:

    • Bacteriology.
    • Mycobacteriology and Acid Fast Bacilli (AFB).
    • Mycology.
    • Environmental Testing.
    • Parasitology.
    • Urinalysis.
    • Tuberculosis (TB) diagnosis.
    • Virology and Molecular Microbiology.
  • Molecular Pathology and Genetics, includes:

    • Clinical Cytogenetics.
    • Molecular Pathology.
  • Translational Pathology, includes:

    • ‎Molecular Oncology.
    • Biochemical Genetics.
  • Pre-Analytical Testing includes collection and processing the samples.

  • STAT LAB section, includes:

    • Clinical Chemistry.
    • Hematology and and Coagulation.
    • Urinalysis.

  • Toxicology.

  • Transfusion Medicine Services and Cell Therapy.

  • Stem cell section.

  • Quality Control and Calibration.

  • Quality Management and Improvement Program.

  • Health and Safety section.

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