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New state-of-the-art laboratories set for April 09 opening!

A new high-tech laboratory building is due to open next month after construction work was completed on-schedule and on-budget – one of the first facilities to be opened as part of the New Hospitals Development. ‘Clinical Sciences Building 3’ will provide a brand new facility for Manchester and significantly increases the city’s diagnostic pathology testing capacity. It will also provide a central location for pathology services and investigations, research and education activities. The new facility significantly enhances the existing Clinical and Scientific Services and Children’s Division laboratories to form the new Clinical Sciences Centre (CSC). This will be one of the largest and finest pathology centres in Europe. The building will house Automated and Specialist Biochemistry, Microbiology, Specialist Assays (Clinical Research) and Immunology laboratories. These departments will now be housed on the same site for the first time and will link to the existing laboratories in Clinical Sciences Buildings 1 & 2 and the Molecular Diagnostics laboratory in the multi-purpose building. This signals a significant improvement in patient services. The new Central Specimen Reception on the ground floor also means that samples can be sent to a single reception point and transported between laboratories quickly and efficiently, meaning a quicker turnaround for patients’ test results. The samples and specimens are transported between floors using a system of lifts and high-tech pneumatic transport tubes. Offices, meeting rooms and seminar rooms, are situated on the top floor of the modern block. On the first floor there is a staff room. Roger Potts, General Manager for Catalyst, explained: “This is a major milestone for medical laboratory services in Manchester. This new facility centralises all the major diagnostic pathology services in the Trust and delivers considerable improvements for patients, including quicker analysis of blood and other samples.” Images of the new CSB III building can be found in the new hospitals development gallery.