Automated path lab improves diagnostics turnaround for Queen Elizabeth Hospital

28 March 2011

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital King's Lynn in Norfolk, UK, has opened a fully automated blood sciences laboratory.

The laboratory redesign combines haematology and biochemistry analytical testing onto a single ADVIA LabCell from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics.

“Although haematology and chemistry disciplines have worked side by side in the same laboratory at the hospital for many years, this is the first time that we have consolidated all work onto a single blood sciences automated system,” said Richard Pipkin, Blood Sciences Manager at the hospital. “The automated robotic system links a number of analysers together via a central track to streamline the workflow of the lab.”

Richard Pipkin continues, “The lab workload capacity has been trebled by the automated track and analysers, future-proofing this service, which provides vital, quick diagnostic turnaround for our A&E and Theatres. This ensures that we are able to provide the best possible healthcare for our patients.”

“The automated Blood Sciences laboratory will help the hospital to maintain high quality service delivery to its patients within the hospital and the wider community through GP practices serving the West Norfolk, South Lincolnshire and North East Cambridgeshire,” states Darren Sher, Automation and IT Marketing Manager at Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics. “Improving efficiencies through process redesign, innovative technology and adopting LEAN and workforce reprofiling strategies are key to providing a sustainable pathology service.”


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