The Cabinet Secretary for Health Alex Neil has today officially opened the new £90million laboratory on the new South Glasgow Hospital campus.
The laboratory is part of the £842 million publicly funded New South Glasgow Hospitals which will see an integrated children’s and adult hospital built on the site, the gold standard for healthcare.
The new laboratory building will be linked to the main hospital via a subterranean tunnel and is the first part of the jigsaw to be completed. The building has a floor area of 25,000 square metres over five storeys. This square meterage actually equates to a modern stand alone hospital.
Delivered by contractor Brookfield Multiplex on time and under budget it is one of the most modern and efficient labs in the UK.
Opening the new building Health Secretary Alex Neil said: "This new facility will bring together a whole range of laboratory services under one roof and provide NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde with a modern purpose-built facility which will play a key role in supporting the New South Glasgow Hospitals Campus site.
"In addition, it will bring real benefits for patients, by providing faster diagnostic tests, and through the development of pioneering medical breakthroughs.
"The completion of the lab building is just the first step in this exciting journey for patients across the West of Scotland.
"Centralising services for all ages on a single site will ensure that everyone can access the widest possible range of specialist services and will also bring with it increased efficiency, shorter waiting times and better care."
NHSGGC Chairman Andrew Robertson, Chairman said: "The opening of this new state-of-the-art laboratory represents the first phase of an integrated children’s and adult hospital with maternity services on site providing the gold standard for health care.
"The new laboratory building is the first stage of a building programme that will transform the Southern General campus into a world class facility.
"It has been delivered on time and within budget and has created a multi-disciplinary approach to laboratory medicine which will benefit patients now and in the future."
Associate Medical Director for Diagnostics Rachel Green added: The magnitude of the operation at this fine building is immense and should not be under estimated.
"More than 800 people have relocated to this new laboratory and 10s of 1000s of results are being generated every single day to support faster turnaround times improving our diagnostic capacity for the patients we treat.
"With state of the art equipment and fit for purpose laboratory space I am immensely proud to be part of the first tangible demonstration of the way that laboratory medicine is being modernised across Greater Glasgow and Clyde."
Notes to Editors
The £90 million cost on the new laboratory includes £75 million build costs and £15 million for equipment and fittings.
The new facility has over 700 staff including medical, clinical scientists, biomedical scientists,technical assistants, administrative and clerical staff.
The lab is equipped with state-of-the-art technology to deliver diagnostic services for biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, genetics and pathology.
It also has one of largest laboratory managed contracts with Abbott Diagnostics, which is worth more than £100 million over seven years, to provide a range of diagnostic services.
The lab is just one part of the £842 million publicly funded project which will see an integrated children's and adult hospital built on the site of the current Southern General.
With 1,109 beds, the adult hospital will sit alongside a 256 bed children's hospital, providing maternity, paediatric and acute services on a single site.
The South Glasgow Hospitals Campus is part of over £1 billion which is being invested in improving NHS facilities over the next three years.
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