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WORK BEGINS ON NEW 9.5M LABORATORY

February 08, 2007 1:31 PM

Work has begun on one of the UK’s most advanced laboratory developments at Gartnavel General Hospital.
The new laboratory facility, costing approximately £9.5million, will combine Diagnostic, Blood Transfusion and Bone Marrow transplant laboratories with a world-class Leukaemia research laboratory – The Paul O’Gorman Leukaemia Research Centre.
The building will comprise three floors of laboratory space, containing Haematology, HaematoOncology, Immunology and Tissue Typing laboratories. The top floor will be dedicated to Leukaemia and Blood Cancer Research . The facility will have the latest technology and equipment at the fingertips of the staff based there. 
The project is part of Medicine in Glasgow - a unique collaboration between NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and the University of Glasgow, which aims to develop and promote Glasgow as an international centre of medical excellence. The Leukaemia Research Fund has enthusiastically supported this development and there has been vigorous fund raising by local patients, carers and staff.
Bringing Glasgow’s experts in Blood Cancer treatment and research together under the same roof for the first time in a brand new building will enable the service to attract further world leaders and competitive research funding to carry out the highest calibre of international research in the fight against leukaemia. This will create a centre of excellence for Blood Cancer treatment and research
Not only will the laboratory staff be based together, but being located on the same site as the new West of Scotland Beatson Oncology Centre where most patients with leukaemia receive their treatment, will allow medical and laboratory staff to work together on new breakthrough clinical trials.The building will also allow close working with the West of Scotland Blood Transfusion Centre.
It is expected that dedicated teams of researchers,NHS scientists and Clinicians for adult and childhood leukaemia, other Blood Cancers and bone marrow transplantation will be established in the new laboratory.
Jim Crombie, Director of Diagnostic Services said: “This exciting project is the culmination of many years work by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and key partners.  
“The start of this construction heralds the beginning of our laboratories modernisation programme across Glasgow.”
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Notes to Editors
  • Artist impressions of the new laboratory are available on request.
  • This is a joint development between the NHS and the University of Glasgow with the University’s element being supported by Leukaemia Research Fund, CHILDREN with LEUKAEMIA and the European Regional Development Fund.
  • This entire development is some £9.5 million of investment and the contraction will be carried out by HBG Construction Ltd with completion in Autumn 2007.  
   
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