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Hospital Laboratory

Gargash Hospital’s state-of-the-art laboratory is ISO 15189-accredited through our association with Freiburg Medical Laboratory. This highly coveted accreditation a testament to the level of quality we deliver with each analysis.

Scientific support and know-how are provided to us from a large network of universities and Synlab Institutions in Europe. This excellent network of consultants from all specialties ensures that our doctors are provided with efficient and accurate support. Our experienced technologists are thoroughly trained to handle our modern, standardized equipment.

We offer an extensive test menu with over 2,000 parameters, covering general pathology, which includes haematology, coagulation, immunology, biochemistry, microbiology and molecular virology.

Our special fields of interest are:

  • Genetic disorders, whole exome sequencing
  • Autoimmune disorders, allergies
  • Drug and medication monitoring
  • Fertility, semen analysis, ovarian function
  • Food hypersensitivity (food intolerance)
  • Inherited metabolic disorders
  • Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT)
  • Nutritional and anti-aging medicine
  • Obesity assessment
  • Pre-marital check-up, paternity testing
  • Risk profiles: cardiovascular, diabetes, metabolic assessment
  • Vitamins, minerals and metals
  • Tests for STD

Haematology and Coagulation

Haematology is the study of blood formation and of diseases that occur when this process is impaired. At Gargash Hospital’s laboratory, we have sophisticated instruments to accurately measure various characteristics of blood cells. Our renowned doctors then provide good morphological analysis of the tests.


Immunology is the study of the immune system and is a very important field in medicine. The immune system protects us from infection through various lines of defence. If it is dysfunctional, it can result in autoimmunity, allergies and even cancer. We have the latest technology to detect reasons for dysfunction within the immune system.

Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical chemistry tests are the core of every diagnostic medical laboratory. Essential components of body fluids like proteins, enzymes, metabolites, salts and minerals are investigated. Any abnormality in concentrations of these vital analytes can result in major disease processes. Gargash Hospital’s laboratory uses the latest analysers to measure the accurate concentration of these components.


The endocrine system is composed of glands in the human body such as pituitary, thyroid, parathyroid, adrenal, pancreatic, ovaries and testes, which collectively regulate our metabolism, growth, development, tissue function, reproduction, fertility and many other vital functions. Our laboratory at Gargash Hospital offers the complete range of testing for endocrine-related disease conditions.

Vitamins, Minerals and Metals

Our laboratory is equipped to provide a good overview of a patient’s vitamin status and levels of minerals, trace elements and metals. Levels of vitamins can reveal inadequate intake and the need for supplements or a diet adjustment. Elevated blood metals indicate exposure. Reduced concentrations of essential minerals and trace elements reflect an inadequate intake and may be a sign of a nutritional deficiency.

Here are some of the tests we perform in creating this overview:

  • Vitamin panel in blood (13 parameters)
  • Mineral/metal and toxicology in blood (25 elements)
  • Hair mineral analysis (55 elements)
  • Heavy metal panel in urine (21 elements)

Genetic Testing

Genetic testing is most often done to confirm the diagnosis of a syndrome or disease, known to be caused by a genetic alteration.

These genetic changes can either be inherited or occur for the first time. In inherited disorders, the syndrome or symptoms might already be known in the family. Genetic testing allows us to confirm a diagnosis.

These tests can include:

  • Whole exome sequencing
  • Trio exome sequencing
  • Gene panel sequencing
  • Family member testing
  • Single gene sequencing
  • Multiplex ligation-dependent probe amplification (MLPA)
  • Karyotyping
  • Fluorescence in situ hybridisation (FISH)
  • Array comparative genomic hybridisation (Array CGH)
  • Genetic counselling (pre-test and post-test)

Autoimmune Disorder Testing

The spectrum of autoimmune disorders (AD) is broad and can affect almost every organ in the body. Several factors influence the predisposition to AD, such as genetic background, environmental and epigenetic factors and also infectious agents. Gargash Hospital’s laboratory offers highly sensitive diagnostic techniques to detect such disorders.

Allergy Testing

At Gargash Hospital, we can confirm a patient’s suspected allergy to any food or inhalant.

We can do this through the following tests:

  • Food allergy panel (20 allergens)
  • Inhalant allergy panel (20 allergens)
  • Atopy allergy panel, 54 allergens
  • All other allergens (Customized panels)

Drug and Medication Monitoring

Monitoring drug levels is helpful for adjusting dosages, avoiding toxic effects, and assessing therapy efficiency. It is required for some patients on special medication.

Gargash Hospital’s laboratory is well equipped for the following:

  • Therapy monitoring for prescribed medicines
  • Drug level detection in urine or blood

Food Hypersensitivity Test (Food Intolerance Test)

Food hypersensitivity is different from food allergy. Food allergy usually occurs immediately after contact with the food and the symptoms may be life-threatening. Food hypersensitivity may cause specific symptoms such as stomach pain, diarrhoea, bloating, constipation, nausea, headaches, and migraines, and may also be associated with chronic obesity.

We can detect food hypersensitivity against 270 food items, and then determine the most suitable nutritional profile for a patient.

Metabolic Screening Tests/Metabolic Genetic Disorders

Metabolic Disorders or Inborn Errors of Metabolism (IEM) are genetic conditions resulting in an inability of the cells to correctly perform certain functions, such as breaking down food, generating sufficient energy, or clearing toxic by-products. These are most common in infants but can also be found in adults.

At Gargash Hospital’s laboratory, we offer improved diagnostic techniques and therapies that can prevent some of these disorders.

Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT)

Through NIPT, Gargash Hospital’s doctors and laboratory technicians can analyse cell-free DNA from the foetus circulating in the mother’s blood. This is a prenatal screening test for Down syndrome and two other common fetal chromosomal abnormalities. We also perform testing for X and Y chromosomes aneuploidies.

First and Second Trimester Risk Calculations

We perform non-invasive risk evaluations for Down Syndrome and other chromosomal abnormalities during the first two trimesters of pregnancy. The risk assessment algorithm we use involves a combination of parameters such as maternal age, ethnicity, ultrasonographic measurements, and biochemical analysis of pregnancy-related proteins.


Clinical microbiology is a diagnostic tool for the detection of infections caused by different infectious agents, such as bacteria, fungi, mycobacterium, parasites, and viruses. At Gargash Hospital’s laboratory, we can perform microscopy and culture on different media to diagnose infections caused by these agents.

Blood Transfusion Service

Blood transfusion is an important requirement in any hospital that offers surgical specialities. Gargash Hospital’s laboratory provides all the necessary compatibility testing, such as antibody screening, blood grouping, and cross matching for any blood units to be used for transfusion. Our local blood bank can store packed cells, fresh frozen plasma, and cryoprecipitate, once acquired from the Central Blood Bank in Dubai.

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