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Biomedical scientist in haematology

Hi there , I would like to know whether scientists working in (blood science) haematology work with poo samples. as this is something I cannot do at all.
And if I want to work as biomedical scientist can I pick any area from immunology , haemotology, infection science, genetics and molecular pathology.
Thank you just let me know pls as soon as possible coz I need to apply for my course this year really need it !....
Reply 1
Original post by Elina maxx
Hi there , I would like to know whether scientists working in (blood science) haematology work with poo samples. as this is something I cannot do at all.
And if I want to work as biomedical scientist can I pick any area from immunology , haemotology, infection science, genetics and molecular pathology.
Thank you just let me know pls as soon as possible coz I need to apply for my course this year really need it !....


haemotolgy involves working with poo to my knowledge as redblood cell can be found in poo so you will be working with poo samples
Reply 2
Original post by Ujaval
haemotolgy involves working with poo to my knowledge as redblood cell can be found in poo so you will be working with poo sampleAg

Ahhh thank you for letting me know Do you which scientist does not work with poo samples ???
Reply 3
Original post by Elina maxx
Ahhh thank you for letting me know Do you which scientist does not work with poo samples ???


if you go to websites such as glassdoor you can find a list of jobs and their payment and skills required
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But my question is do you which biomedical scientist doesn't work with poo samples ?????
I'm not sure that haematology does process stool samples, although I'm not a clinical person so couldn't say for sure. Blood in stool would just be a sign taken as part of a history, I don't think they would (or could) test the blood in the stool sample itself?

I would imagine haematology primarily tests blood samples...

Of the specialisms you note I would imagine infection sciences (particularly microbiology) probably would process the most stool samples? I think it's pretty common to test stool samples for certain types of bacteria in medical microbiology.

Also note that you presumably wouldn't be personally physically handling the stool, you would be testing it as part of a chemical process...
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Hey thank you for replying. I'm really confused now coz there is no one 100 percent sure if biomedical scientist in haematology work with poo samples do you anyone else I can ask to solve this problem for me ???
Original post by Elina maxx
Hey thank you for replying. I'm really confused now coz there is no one 100 percent sure if biomedical scientist in haematology work with poo samples do you anyone else I can ask to solve this problem for me ???


If you can't respectfully deal with whatever samples are provided to you to do your job in a healthcare role, have you considered that healthcare is probably the wrong sector for you?
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But I already chose the science subjects in my a levels nd cannot change anymore.
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I didn't know before that I have to deal with this kinda stuff if I knew would never pick this profession.
Original post by Elina maxx
But I already chose the science subjects in my a levels nd cannot change anymore.


Original post by Elina maxx
I didn't know before that I have to deal with this kinda stuff if I knew would never pick this profession.


There are plenty of other things you can do with science A-levels that don't involve working in healthcare...
I am with artful_lounger. I have worked in haematology. The lab itself had no faecal samples, but the specimen reception area received all samples for every lab. That included every type of body fluid and many body parts.

I've never met anyone who likes dealing with faecal samples but we do it because it's the job. You aren't going to be able to start and refuse to handle faecal samples.

If it is something you absolutely cannot/will not do, then healthcare is not the area for you. You cannot 100% say you won't be expected to handle faecal samples in any role.
Original post by HealthcareSci
I am with artful_lounger. I have worked in haematology. The lab itself had no faecal samples, but the specimen reception area received all samples for every lab. That included every type of body fluid and many body parts.

I've never met anyone who likes dealing with faecal samples but we do it because it's the job. You aren't going to be able to start and refuse to handle faecal samples.

If it is something you absolutely cannot/will not do, then healthcare is not the area for you. You cannot 100% say you won't be expected to handle faecal samples in any role.


Pretty much this, on a biomedical science course, there is a compulsory module titled “anatomy and physiology” where you will be expected to learn a VERY large portion of the human body, not in great detail but enough and it is around 25% of the year (at least mine was).

It is also part of the course (albeit for us you could opt out but not many people did) where cadavers (people who have donated their bodies to science upon death) were rolled out as well as preserved human remains such as legs, torsos, genitalia etc…

Healthcare science sounds like a good profession but I can assure you it is messy work. So poo is the least of your worries in a lot of cases, especially cases such as necrotising faciatus (can’t spell this for the life of me but don’t Google it in public). Basically, it translates to the body is rotting whilst alive. Typically associated with highly infectious pathogens which aren’t very nice or highly advanced cancers which have taken a turn for the worse.
Original post by Elina maxx
Hi there , I would like to know whether scientists working in (blood science) haematology work with poo samples. as this is something I cannot do at all.
And if I want to work as biomedical scientist can I pick any area from immunology , haemotology, infection science, genetics and molecular pathology.
Thank you just let me know pls as soon as possible coz I need to apply for my course this year really need it !....

Biomed is a very broad course from what I know. It sounds like you're referring to IBMS-accredited degrees only. Those lead to hospital work and the NHS, and it's likely you would be asked to analyze stool samples there. As those above me have said, I'm sure no one likes it, but a job's a job, and refusal will get you nowhere. If you like biomed but don't want to do practical work, why not look into research or scientific writing? These are just examples; you'll find many more science-related jobs that don't involve working with stool samples.
I have done my whole research about allied healthcare science jobs if I like something such as cardiac physiology then there are not enough jobs for this kinda profession, looks like they are not in demand then I decided to get into this course but again I'm just demotivated by everywhere. I contacted NHS even they are saying that they cannot help me with careers. I also contacted national careers service that also did not work out for me. I dunno what to do I don't wanna work in dental care, pharmacy, not even a nurse.
There is a huge shortage of cardiac physiologists nationally. I think you are also slightly confusing the allied health professions (AHPs) with healthcare scientists.

My main thing is why are you so keen to work in healthcare? There are so many career options that don't work with patients. Lots of people with science A levels work places other than the NHS.

You've not said why you won't work with faecal samples but if it's because you are squeamish about body fluids then a hospital is not the place for you.

Take some time and think about the type of work you would like and then find a career to match that.
I do like to work in medical field that's the thing but at the same time I don't wanna to deal with stool samples. And As you said above there is a shortage for cardiac physiologist but when I look online for jobs there are barely even 1 or 2 jobs comes up for newly qualified cardiac physiologist or band 5 ones. Then how its possible that they are in demand ??
Original post by Elina maxx
I do like to work in medical field that's the thing but at the same time I don't wanna to deal with stool samples. And As you said above there is a shortage for cardiac physiologist but when I look online for jobs there are barely even 1 or 2 jobs comes up for newly qualified cardiac physiologist or band 5 ones. Then how its possible that they are in demand ??

You could always go into scientific research :shrug:
Original post by Elina maxx
I do like to work in medical field that's the thing but at the same time I don't wanna to deal with stool samples. And As you said above there is a shortage for cardiac physiologist but when I look online for jobs there are barely even 1 or 2 jobs comes up for newly qualified cardiac physiologist or band 5 ones. Then how its possible that they are in demand ??


There are currently 107 cardiac physiologist vacancies on jobs.nhs.uk.

Why do you want to work in healthcare? Until you can answer that I think you are going to struggle to go any further.

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