Catherine Wigley

Favourite Thing: Red cell antibody investigations!



Lavant House School (1996-2001) Bishop Luffa Sixth Form (2001-2003) Royal Holloway University of London (2003-2006) Manchester Metropolitan University (2015-2016)


BSc Biomedical Science, IBMS Registration Portfolio, IBMS Specialist Portfolio, MSc Haematology and Transfusion Science

Work History:

St.Richards Hospital, Chichester

Current Job:

Senior Biomedical Scientist


TDL Pathology

About Me

I’m a smiley yet stubborn scientist with a passion for blood and cake!

I live with my partner near Manchester. We have one ginger cat called Mickey. I love to bake in my spare time, my favourite bakes are red velvet cupcakes and rainbow cakes. When I’m not working or in the kitchen, I enjoy spending time with friends going to markets, the cinema¬†and out for meals. I love to travel with my partner Jane,¬†either on foreign holidays, mini-breaks or weekends away in the UK. Lately we’ve been spending lots of time decorating and furnishing our first home together. I’m addicted to coffee and my favourite treat is a Starbucks coffee with a naughty treat!

My Work

I work in a private blood transfusion laboratory providing blood products to six hospitals.

I am a qualified biomedical scientist, primarily my work and qualifications are based in Haematology and Blood Transfusion. Over the last few years I have primarily worked in Blood Transfusion and I love it! My job involves all aspects of a routine blood sciences laboratory and day to day I run samples to test patients ABO and Rh blood group type, and investigate to see if they have any red cell antibodies which could cause a problem if they required a blood transfusion or were pregnant. My role now includes ensuring that fridges are maintained at the laboratories and the hospitals to which we supply blood. And lots of paperwork! Ensuring all the testing is carried out in a safe and accurate way.

My Typical Day

Performing lots of blood group and antibody screens and issuing bags of blood to patients

Typically I come in at 8am and check all the blood stock levels at the hospitals, and arrange to move units of blood if required. Run controls on the analysers to ensure they are working correctly and check the fridge temperatures are correct. Process patient samples throughout the day. Issue blood products as requested by doctors looking after the patients. Investigate any abnormal blood groups or red cell antibodies detected.

What I'd do with the money

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

Giggly, Geeky, Grumpy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Jessie J

What's your favourite food?


What is the most fun thing you've done?

Diving with sharks

What did you want to be after you left school?

A Scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Saved peoples lives

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

A women in sciences learning weekend in Cambridge I went on in Sixth Form

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A Sales rep

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

To be happy and make others happy. To be loved and love. To live my life to the full.

Tell us a joke.

Two goldfish in a tank, one turned to the other and said, ‘How do you drive this thing?’

Other stuff

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