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March 21, 2011 3:22 PM

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A direct appeal is being made to NHS staff, local school pupils and college students to come up with ideas for a timecapsule to be embedded in the foundations of one of the biggest laboratories in the world – at the new Southern General Hospital!

The facility is part of the £842 million publicly funded campus which will see an integrated children’s and adult hospital built on the site and the laboratory will link to the main hospital via a subterranean tunnel.

The original idea came from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s Director of Diagnostics, Aileen MacLennan, she is looking forward to the feedback from staff and the community about how to create links with the New Southern General Hospital.

Aileen said: “We are looking for ideas around what should go into the capsule, items that would reflect where we are today in terms of modern laboratory medicine and even indicate what the laboratories of the future might look like.”

The construction of what will become a multi-disciplinary, five storey laboratory building, began in March last year and has an expected handover date of March next year.

Covering an area of approximately 25,000 square metres, the new lab block will serve the whole of the south of Glasgow.

It will be equipped with state-of-the-art technology to deliver diagnostic services for the following specialities – biochemistry, haematology, microbiology, genetics and histology.

Isabel Ferguson NHSGGC’s General Manager for Laboratory Medicine went on: “Diagnostic laboratory services assist clinicians in the diagnosis and treatment of patients and support ongoing treatment.

“Up to 700 staff, comprising medical, biomedical scientists, technical assistants, administrative and clerical staff, will work in the building and the fact that it is a multi-disciplinary team maximises the synergies and technology between disciplines.

“By maximising the use of this single-site super laboratory we can avoid duplication and process patient samples even more quickly and efficiently.”

Building work on the new facility passed its first milestone last month when the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing performed the “topping out” ceremony at the site.

Now the hunt is on for items which will portray 21st century laboratory services for the laboratory staff of the future.

Suggestions can be sent to community engagement manager Mark McAllister, email: [email protected]


For more information contact either NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde Communications tel: 0141 201 4429 or email [email protected]



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