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Medical Laboratory Assistant (Grade 4)

HCA Laboratories – London
Full time
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Medical Laboratory Assistant (Grade 4)– Specimen Reception
Birmingham, The Harborne Hospital
37.5 hours per week

Shifts: Monday to Friday between 07:00-21:00 (7.5 hour shifts). Regular weekend work too.
Up to £28,500 dependent upon experience

We’re looking for an Medical Laboratory Assistant (Grade 4) to join our CSR team on a permanent basis.

As an Medical Laboratory Assistant, you’ll work as part of a close-knit team to provide timely service to all of our stakeholders at The Harborne Hospital. Please note, this role will require some initial travel to London to aid in your training.

Duties & responsibilities:

  • The provision of a Specimen Reception at The Harborne Hospital

  • The efficient and accurate receipt and order entry of laboratory specimens

  • Triage of samples to check for location of processing depending on urgency of required results and discipline

  • Process samples for sending to HCA London Labs and referral labs

  • Assist with client enquiries and results

  • Liaise with the technical departments

  • Be the source of expertise for advising on sample types and test mnemonics

  • Distribute samples to processing location (UHB or London Labs), prioritising samples as necessary

  • Package and organise delivery of samples for London laboratories

  • Monitor courier pick up

  • Answering telephone enquiries

  • Understand test requirements

  • Work unsupervised within the department

  • Loading and unloading samples onto the blood culture analyser

At HCA UK we care about what you care about. We care that you want to deliver the very best care. We care that you want a career you can be proud of. We care that you want working conditions that support your health and wellbeing. Let us care for you and your career, the same way you do for others.  

What you’ll bring:

  • Flexibility to work in London for initial training

  • Laboratory experience

  • Highly organised with good IT skills

  • Ability to work in a busy environment

  • Ability to prioritise workloads


Originally founded over 50 years ago by Dr Thomas Frist, HCA has gone on to become one of the world’s leading healthcare providers. In the UK, we’re one of the largest providers of privately funded healthcare and have invested over £500 million in the latest treatments, technology, techniques, medication and facilities. Being part of a large multisite, established healthcare group we can offer you unrivalled opportunities for career progression through internal and external courses, as well as working conditions that prioritise both your mental and physical wellbeing. 

We believe that by caring for our employees, we empower them to provide exceptional care for our patients. That’s why we offer a host of flexible benefits that reflect the invaluable contribution they make every day. As a Medical Lab Assistant, you’ll be eligible for:

  • 25 days holiday each year (plus bank holidays) increasing with service, with option to buy or sell leave to suit you

  • Private Healthcare Insurance for treatment at our leading hospitals

  • Private pension contribution which increases with length of service

  • Season Ticket Loan and Cycle to Work scheme

  • Group Life Assurance from day one

  • Critical illness cover

  • Enhanced Maternity and Paternity pay

  • Corporate staff discount for all facilities including Maternity packages at The Portland

  • Comprehensive range of flexible health, protection and lifestyle benefits to suit you

  • Discounts with over 800 major retailers

Diversity and Inclusion

Patients first. Colleagues always. That’s the guiding philosophy behind our approach to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging. We believe healthcare is built on a foundation of inclusion, compassion and respect for our patients and for each other. By working together with our colleagues we’re creating a truly inclusive environment, where individual differences are celebrated and everyone can achieve their potential.

We believe everyone should feel comfortable to bring their full self to work and be afforded the same opportunities. That’s why we’re happy to discuss flexible working arrangements to suit your needs as well as offer reasonable adjustments throughout our recruitment process, and in the workplace, to anyone that needs them.

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