Biochemistry combines analytical chemistry with aspects of physiology, physical chemistry, pathophysiology and diagnostic medicine. Diagnostic Clinical Biochemistry uses biochemical knowledge and techniques to assist in the diagnosis of human disease, to follow its progress and to monitor the effect of treatment. The scope of investigations varies from assessment of organ function and endocrine glands to therapeutic drug monitoring.

Point of care testing (POCT) is carried out at the patient’s bedside. This practice is managed under the Biochemistry Department.