What is Point Of Care Testing?
A point of care test is an analytical test undertaken by a member of the healthcare team or a non medical individual in a setting distinct from a normal hospital laboratory. It is also known as near patient testing.

NHS Fife POCT Policy
The full policy (POCT-01) can be found on StaffLink. The aim of the policy is to ensure that no patient is harmed as a result of the use of a POCT process and that best practice promotes good clinical outcomes by following processes that are safe, reliable, suitable, efficient and sustainable.

NHS Fife POCT Committee
The Point of Care Committee works to ensure that the guidelines for POCT are followed throughout NHS Fife. The Committee aims to:
• Maintain a register of all POCT devices in use;
• Audit and assess current POCT services;
• Ensure that internal Quality Control (IQC) and external quality assurance (EQA) schemes are employed effectively;
• Ensure that all users of POCT equipment are trained;
• Ensure that all POCT procedures are performed according to documented Standard Operating Procedures;
• Review applications and provide support and advice for the development of new services.

POCT Devices and Supporting Documentation
b123 gas analysers
Locations: A&E, AU1, Children’s Ward, Intensive Care Unit, Medical HDU, Special Care Baby Unit, Obstetric Theatre, Ward 43, Ward 51
Standard Operating Procedure: Operation of b123 Blood Gas Analysers
Annual Report: B123s Feb 2021

Inform II glucose meters
Locations: Most wards and outpatient areas in Victoria Hospital and Community Hospitals
Standard Operating Procedure: Operation of Inform-II Glucose Meters
Annual Report: Inform-IIs Feb 2021

Tosoh GX
Locations: Diabetes Clinics, VHK and QMH
Standard Operating Procedure: Operation of Tosoh GX

Liats (PCR for FluA, FluB, RSV & COVID-19)
Locations: A&E, AU1, Children’s Ward (during flu season)
See Scottish Government "Coronavirus (COVID-19) point of care and rapid testing - clinical management: governance policy"

Locations: Cameron, Glenrothes, Adamson, St Andrews Community Hospitals, District Nurses, Community Pharmacies

Ketone meters
Locations: A&E, AU1, Children’s ward, Medical HDU, Renal Ward, Maternity ward

Locations: Hillview &Dunnikier Day Hospitals

Locations: Clinical Intervention Unit, QMH
Standard Operating Procedure: “SOP for Haemocue

Pregnancy tests
Locations: Multiple locations

Locations: Multiple locations

Please use the following details to get in touch with the POCT team:

Dr Heather Holmes: Consultant Clinical Biochemist, Chair of POCT Committee.
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01592 648174 or extension 28174

Tracey Sutherland: POCT Co-ordinator
Email: [email protected]
Telephone: 01592 643355 ext 24439