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New contract will put Central Manchester laboratories at the forefront of technological developments in pathology

The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine (DLM) at Central Manchester University Hospitals has signed a Laboratory Managed Equipment Service Contract with Roche Diagnostics.

Laboratory Medicine Directorate Manager David Brayshaw signs the Managed Equipment Service contract with Roche Diagnostics Managing Director Christopher Parker

A formal contract-signing event was held on this week, and work will begin in the coming months on restructuring the ground floor of the Clinical Sciences Centre at our Oxford Road site to accommodate a streamlined automated area with tracking, feeding Biochemistry, Haematology, Viral Serology and some Immunology analysis.

New equipment will also be installed in our laboratories at Trafford General Hospital so we can continue to provide a first class on-site service at both locations.

The changes will place the DLM at the forefront of technological developments in pathology over the next decade, with cutting edge equipment increasing the efficiency of our testing and ultimately benefitting patients and service users.

Together with recent improvements in IT and the introduction of ICE ward order communications, this state-of-the-art automation is expected to have a significant impact in transforming our services in support of improved patient management.

The contract with Roche follows a highly competitive tender process, in which several high profile companies were bidding to supply the DLM.

Roche demonstrated innovation in its bid and supplemented its offering with solutions from other major suppliers.