Welcome to South Eastern Area Laboratory Services (SEALS)

SEALS (South Eastern Area Laboratory Services) is part of NSW Health Pathology, is a fully accredited, publicly owned ‘not-for-profit’ pathology service, providing high quality laboratory medicine services 24 hours, 365 days a year to all public hospitals serviced by the South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) and the Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District (ISLHD).  SEALS also provides a comprehensive referral service to other hospitals, laboratories and community based Medical Practitioners.
SEALS has a strong reputation gained over many years for close collaboration and relationships with Clinicians and other institutions to foster relevant research and best practice diagnosis.
SEALS is a leading public sector laboratory service in Australia, supporting several tertiary referral centres with a wide range of services:
•  Comprehensive, high quality diagnostic and clinical consultative services including state, national and international reference laboratories;
•  National and international quality assurance program coordination;
•  Coronial and non-coronial post mortems;
•  Support for regional and state public health protection and surveillance programs;
•  Bioterrorism and pandemic preparedness capacity; and
•  Evaluation of new technologies and development of new laboratory methods.

Quality and Accreditation
SEALS is committed to achieving "quality" throughout the organisation.  SEALS laboratories are fully accredited for safety and reliability and are:

•  Accredited to the NATA (The National Association of Testing Authorities)/RCPA (The Royal College of Pathologists of  Australasia) laboratory assessment program; and
•  Certified through NATA Certification Services International (NCSI) to AS/NZS ISO 9001:2000.

This means our customers can be confident that we are able to provide and consistently maintain a quality service, with continual improvements.
Our Microbiology Tissue Sterility Testing, Serology and Nucleic Acid Testing laboratories hold Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) licences providing services to cord and tissue banks.
  RCPA The Royal College of Pathologists of AustraliaNATANCS International Certified Quality Management SystemMember of The Health Science Alliance
Winner of the NCS International Chairman's Award 2009

For further information about our Quality System or accreditation requirements please contact:
SEALS Quality Manager
Mrs. Ivy Fong
Phone: (+612) 9382 9106
Fax:     (+612) 9382 9175
Email: ivy.fong@sesiahs.health.nsw.gov.au

SEALS Mission
SEALS will improve the care and health of members of the community by providing best practice laboratory medicine services in a client focused manner, at all times with the interest of the community member as the priority.  Through a strong commitment to biomedical research and teaching, SEALS will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science and medicine.
Business Objectives:
SEALS staff aim to:
1.  Help members of the community receive optimal healthcare by providing high quality clinical laboratory services and expert advice to support appropriate clinical management decisions.
2.  Give priority to patient safety through maintenance of a comprehensive quality management system that includes committments to risk identification, management and continuous improvement.
3.  Meet and exceed defined quality standards through participation in external proficiency testing and assessment programs.
4.  Ensure delivery of value to clinicians and consumers through identification of their needs and measurement of performance.
5.  Deliver services in a predictable timely manner consistent with clinical need.
6.  Deliver services cost-efficiently within the context of our working environment.
7.  Provide reference laboratory services in area of speciality expertise.
8.  Provide a fulfilling and safe working environment for staff by listening and responding to their suggestions to improve our system of work and by supporting their continuing education and training.
9.  Contribute to the advancement of knowledge in science and medicine by using the expertise and skills of staff to support biomedical research and teaching.
10. Contribute to sustainability of pathology services in the future by playing a key role in training the next generation of Pathologists and Laboratory Scientists.

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