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NHS GREATER GLASGOW WILL SAVE £9M WITH NEW AUTOMATED DIAGNOSTIC SERVICES CONTRACT

September 01, 2005 12:00 PM

A new seven-year managed service contract signed today to provide automated diagnostic services will save NHS Greater Glasgow approximately £9 million over the life of the contract.

The contract with Abbott Diagnostics and third party suppliers to provide laboratory diagnostic services for biochemistry, haematology, virology and immunology is the largest contract for automated diagnostic services awarded in Europe and one of the top ten in the world.

This new contract will see the installation of leading edge diagnostic technology including a combined chemistry and immunoassay system in the Victoria Infirmary, Yorkhill, Stobhilland the Western Infirmary; and it incorporates laboratory track solutions at the Southern General, Gartnavel General and Glasgow Royal Infirmary for both biochemistry and haematology.

Tom Divers, Chief Executive, NHS Greater Glasgow is delighted with the new contract.

He added:"A key part of this contract was the ability of Abbott and third party suppliers to provide a wide selection of diagnostics services to best meet our adult and paediatric hospital testing needs."

Luis Fernandez, UK General Manager, of Abbott Diagnostics added, "We are extremely pleased to have been selected alongside our third party colleagues as the diagnostics supplier for NHS Greater Glasgow.

"Each of the seven laboratories in Glasgow has a particular need, and we are providing a diagnostic solution that is flexible enough to optimise each laboratory's performance.

"It is exciting to be involved in the first contract of this nature and volume in the UK."

ENDS

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