The New Lister Building at Glasgow Royal Infirmary was officially opened today (Wednesday 25 June) by Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing.
The £15 million major refurbishment of the New Lister Building laboratory which is situated in the University Tower includes three floors for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) laboratory services and two floors for the University of Glasgow.
Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, said: “This is a hugely impressive refurbishment, made possible by £15m from the Scottish Government as part of our commitment to invest more than £2bn in improving Scotland’s health infrastructure.
“This building is now one of the most modern in the UK, and will provide first-class, 21st century facilities for both NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, and the University of Glasgow. The state-of-the-art equipment, facilities and décor have transformed the building for the staff and patients and will strengthen the successful, long-standing relationship between the University of Glasgow and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, ensuring they remain at the cutting edge of research and treatment for years to come.”
NHS GGC’s floors incorporate state-of-the-art analysing equipment within a modern environment specifically designed to meet the changing needs of laboratory services along with new facilities and décor which has transformed the building for the staff and patients.
NHS laboratory services are based on levels four and five of the building with University of Glasgow on levels two and three. This New Lister Building Laboratory facility is one of the most modern facilities in the UK and houses approximately 190 staff including medical staff, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, clinical support workers, administrative, and clerical staff all working as a multi-disciplinary team.
Level five hosts the West of Scotland Specialist Virology Centre, providing expert testing within NHSGG&C and for the West of Scotland. In addition on level five the Scottish Microbiology Reference Laboratories (Glasgow) provides nationwide analysis for MRSA, Salmonella, C-Diff and Legionella. Level five also houses a Pathology Hot Laboratory facility for theatre specimens.
Level four hosts Clinical Microbiology which deals with approximately 400,000 tests each year requested by hospitals and GPs in the North of Glasgow. Level one is home to NHSGGC Clinical Research facility and Human Performance lab.
The New Lister Building refurbishment completes a package of investment of some £200million in the past three years in modern laboratory services for NHSGGC and comes just two years after the opening of a new £90 million laboratory in the south of the city as part of the new £842million New South Glasgow Hospital project and addition significant changes in the building and equipment at the Royal Alexandra Hospital laboratory. The synergies created by the Laboratory Strategy have enabled even better Laboratory services being provided for our patients.
The University of Glasgow, one of the largest and most prestigious Medical Schools in Europe, has two floors in the refurbished building to house teaching and research labs, classrooms and a computing hub for PhD, postgraduate taught, and medical students as well as offices for clinical and non-clinical academic staff.
Andrew Robertson, Chairman of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, said: “We were pleased to be able to welcome the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing to officially open the New Lister Building. The Cabinet Secretary was shown some examples of the excellent work going on within laboratory services in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
“The major refurbishment is another significant investment in laboratory medicine which will see NHSGGC with some of the most modern up-to-date laboratory facilities in the world.
“We are committed to delivering modern, state-of-the-art lab facilities for the people of Glasgow and Clyde while ensuring our medical and technical staff within our laboratories continue to meet the changing and future needs of our patients.”
Regius Professor Anna Dominiczak, Vice Principal and Head of the College of Medical, Veterinary and Life Sciences at The University of Glasgow, said: “As well as being the biggest medical school in Scotland we aim to be the best and thanks to investment in facilities like this our student satisfaction ratings have seen big increases in recent years.
“The newly refurbished building provides high-quality teaching space and labs which helps us to deliver an excellent experience for our undergraduate and postgraduate students and purpose-built space for our staff.”
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