Information about BQAS

The Bolton Quality Assurance Scheme (BQAS) is provided from a Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd Point of Care Testing service. The scheme has been in operation since 2007 and is able to draw on a wealth of experience in provision of clinical and diagnostic testing services in hospital and community settings. We pride ourselves on offering an informed, high quality QA service.

Advantages of enrolling with BQAS include:

  • One sample, one scheme for HbA1c, cholesterol and HDL-cholesterol testing.
  • Distribution of blood rather than serum to ensure a more accurate reflection of analyser and operator performance.
  • A web-based results submission and reporting service with traffic light alerts and summary performance reporting for lead co-ordinators.
  • Working closely with, but independent of, the leading instrument manufacturers.
  • Extensive customer support through instrument tailored guidance, available Monday to Friday, 0900 – 1700 via our help-line and extended email support.

Current tests and machines available on the scheme:

Tests available
Afinion® Cholesterol & HDL-cholesterol
CardioChek® Cholesterol & HDL-cholesterol
Cholestech LDX® Cholesterol & HDL-cholesterol
cobas b 101® Cholesterol & HDL-cholesterol
Quo-Test® HbA1c
A1C Now+® HbA1c
cobas b 101® HbA1c
Afinion® CRP

Meet Our Team

Gilbert Wieringa is BQAS’ clinical lead. The BQAS model stems from his leadership of Department of Health sponsored provision of point of care testing for the management of diabetes and heart disease in ‘high street’ pharmacies across Manchester. His clinical knowledge base and experience in laboratory quality assurance supports BQAS clients in achieving accurate and reliable results
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Gina Mott is BQAS’ manager and leads the customer care team. She is the first point of contact for new registrations, guides new and existing clients in QA sample handling, and in use of the electronic communications system for submission of results and interpretation of performance reports.
Lodzia Pitchford is BQAS’s laboratory manager, a senior biomedical scientist who is also responsible for maintaining the trust’s CPA(UK)Ltd accreditation status for point of care testing. Marie Carey and Silpa Pankhania are responsible for preparing and distributing the QA samples, customer support, and health & safety.
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