Huddersfield Royal Infirmary biochemistry laboratory opens

New development will increase capacity and reduce testing times by a third

Huddersfield Royal Infirmary has opened the doors to its new biochemistry laboratory which aims to help reduce the time taken to test blood samples by a third and increase capacity to 3,000 units a day.

The state-of-the-art facility has been fitted with an ADVIA LabCell automation system integrating multiple analysers including two sample managers, two ADVIA centrifuges, two ADVIA Centaur XP Immunoassay systems and two ADVIA 2400 Chemistry systems.

Sharon Appleby, pathology services manager at the hospital, said: “The investment brings the laboratory up to national gold level standards, which means we have the very best equipment in the country for the testing of local patients. The laboratory is a tremendous asset for the trust and includes an amazing overhaul of the existing equipment and facilities of which we are very proud.”

Commenting on the new equipment, which was supplied by Siemens Healthcare, she added: “The new automated track with connected analysers will help us smooth out the peaks and troughs of sample management, helping our laboratory to become more efficient and ready for any changes in workload into the future.”

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