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Two new laboratories (labs), which will fully handle the growing number of tests required in modern medicine, will see Glasgow with a network of lab services which will be second to none by 2012.
A review of lab services was undertaken in Glasgow as labs have seen an increasing workload over the last few years.The range of tests requested has increased and results are required quicker than before to assist more rapid diagnosis and treatment for emergencies.
The new service arrangements, which will support the new hospital structure in Glasgow,
was given the go-ahead by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and will create one of the largest and most modern NHS lab services in the UK with a commitment from the Board of £55 million capital funding.
Labs in Glasgow currently cost in excess of £60 million but the redesign will reduce this while giving Glasgow a higher quality service including microbiology, pathology, haematology blood transfusion, immunology, virology, mycology and mortuary.
Robert Calderwood, Chief Operating Officer, Acute Services Division said:"There has been need for us to modernise the provision of lab services in Greater Glasgow for a number of years and the decision by the Board to approve the consolidation of lab services is excellent news for Glasgow.
"Two new core labs, one sited at Glasgow Royal Infirmary and the other at the Southern campus will deliver efficient high quality laboratory medicine services into the next decade while fully supporting the re-alignment of clinical activity as the modernisation of Glasgow's hospital is finalised and implemented.
"This will result in Glasgow having a network of lab services which will be second to none."
Work is expected to begin in late 2007/early 2008 with the first concentration at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.Work on the lab at the Southern campus will immediately follow.
Notes to Editors
A review of lab services has been necessary as labs have to cope with increasing pressure to review the range of tests requested in a quicker turnaround to assist more rapid diagnosis and treatment for emergencies.
Clinical and staff representatives, through trade unions and Area Partnership Forum, are working to agree new working practices and look at staff requirements.
Currently labs operate 9.00 – 5.00 with an emergency on-call service.However, the new labs will operate seven days a week, 24 hours a day
The modernisation of Glasgow's hospitals will consolidate services from six to two major emergency and inpatient acute sites at the Southern campus and Glasgow Royal Infirmary, an elective inpatient site including the regional cancer centre at Gartnavel General and two new hospitals at Stobhill and the Victoria sites.
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