14 February 2014 – Streamlining pathology at Airedale Hospital
A £400,000 refurbishment of Airedale Hospital’s pathology department is underway to provide extra space so the team can cope with an increase in business and work more efficiently.
It is expected to be completed by August and is being carried out in nine phases so that they team can be fully operational throughout the process.
The new layout will separate the laboratories from administrative areas, improving the flow of work and include a more welcoming entrance, with a waiting area for visitors, so that the department is more accessible.
Near the entrance there will also be the department’s helpline service and four smaller offices for managers and consultants.
The refurbishment will also allow the team to have space for more automated equipment in the future. Over the past year the workload in the department has increased by an average of 10 percent across all disciplines.
The laboratory area will be expanded by knocking through offices and storage space to provide extra capacity for dealing with an increase in business. The Transfusion laboratory will move into a purpose-built area.
Anne Crabtree, pathology operational manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are reconfiguring the department to allow us to make the best use of available space and cope with an increase in workload as more GPs are sending blood samples to us due to our rapid turnaround times and overall quality of service.
“It should allow us to continue to invest in more sophisticated equipment which will speed up our processes so that we can provide results even more quickly.”
The team is also getting a new computer system which will start to be phased in next month ( March) which will allow them to provide robust audit trails more efficiently and electronically. They are also creating a new website which will allow GPs and practice staff access to useful service information and ordering of consumables
Visitors and staff are being urged to take extra care around the department whilst the building work is being carried out, be patient with the team who are doing their best to provide business as usual and be aware that the layout of the department may have changed.