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Latest phase of laboratory transformation is complete

The latest phase of work to prepare our Clinical Sciences Centre for the arrival of state-of-the-art equipment has seen a transformation of the Haematology and Blood Transfusion laboratory areas.

Laboratory opening

Floor space has been re-organised and rooms have been re-located to accommodate the new equipment that Roche Diagnostics, our commercial partner, will be installing.

Francis Field, Operations Director from contractor Logic Electrical and Martin Gallifant, Contracts Manager from Roche, joined Carole McGowan, Laboratory Medicine Deputy Directorate Manager, and Claire Whitehead, Haematology Laboratory to open Phase 5 of the work.

The new platforms, which will place the laboratory at the forefront of technological developments in pathology, are scheduled to be in situ by the middle of January.

The aim is to facilitate a more automated approach to the delivery of our services and the changes to the laboratory areas will enable us to streamline our processes across Blood Sciences.

The changes are being phased over eleven stages due to the extent of the works planned and so that we can maintain our current quality service and continue supporting the Central MFT campus, referring hospitals and GP practices during the changes.

With the equipment installed blood sciences will benefit from 'tracked solutions', which will require minimal manual intervention, facilitate easier reflex testing, support sharing of samples hence reducing blood draw and improving patient outcomes.