26th June 2015 – Streamlining pathology with a major refurbishment
A £400,000 refurbishment of Airedale Hospital’s pathology department has been completed to provide extra space so the team can cope with an increase in business and work more efficiently.
It features a bright new reception with a seating area to provide a warmer welcome for visitors.
The work to separate the labs from administrative areas, improving the flow of work and making the area more accessible, has been carried out by Davric in nine phases so that the department could be fully operational throughout the process.
Near the entrance there is the department’s helpline, a central point for enquiries, and purpose-built offices for managers and consultants. Patient samples can be dropped-off in this area and visitors directed to other sections of the department.
The laboratory area – in particular, the blood sciences lab – has been expanded to provide extra capacity for dealing with an increase in business and has a new, larger cold store. The transfusion laboratory has moved to a purpose built area.
Mark Harrison, operational manager at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Over the past year the workload in our department has increased by an average of 10 percent across all disciplines.
“The refurbishment will also allow the team to have space for more automated equipment in the future and cope with an increase in workload as more GPs are sending blood samples to us.
“Reorganising our administrative areas and lab space in this way will help us to improve our work flow. The whole place has a more clinical feel and is fit-for-purpose.”
The team is now working on implementing a new laboratory computer system that will create further improvements in efficiency and provide robust audit trail electronically.