Medical laboratory assistant

Female in lab coat looking at sample

A day as a medical laboratory assistant

You work in the laboratory at your local NHS hospital, beginning at 9am.

Your main role is to assist biomedical scientists with their lab work, and your first task is to check equipment and material stocks, and order new supplies.

Next, you label and sort blood samples for a haematologist, and ensure the samples are properly stored. After making up chemical solutions for general use, you carry out some general clerical duties; printing and filing reports and entering patient data on the computer system.

You enjoy working in a laboratory, helping scientists diagnose diseases and contributing to the life-saving processes of the hospital.