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London Hospital celebrates newly equipped Pathology Services
Oct 13 2023
One of the UK’s leading private hospitals, The London Clinic, has proudly announced its newly refurbished and designed in-house pathology laboratory, the outcome of a £4 million two year design and re-fit project.
The Official September opening ceremony, was held in Harley Street in partnership with QuidelOrtho, suppliers of the laboratory’s new biochemistry equipment.
Offering a full range of blood science services the incorporation of industry gold standard equipment - including ground-breaking technology in the diagnosis of cancer conditions - enables a higher volume of tests to be processed on 24 hour seven days a week basis.
Upgrades in laboratory equipment and services available to both clinic patients and external commercial clients include;
- ALEX 2® Allergy Explorer - rapidly tests for up to 300 allergens simultaneously and provides a wide-ranging analysis from a very small sample volume.
- Gold standard analyser - Automatic Chemiluminescence Immunoassay Analyzer BioCLIA 500 – supporting the diagnosis of autoimmune antiphospholipid syndrome testing, autoimmune celiac disease screening and vasculitis assay.
- Gemini – Used for anti-thyroid peroxidase antibody (anti-TPO) and anti-thyroglobulin antibody (anti-TG) testing
- Installation of track automation - for priority-based test profiles resulting in faster processing and turnaround times for clinical effectiveness
- Vendor database - for the collection and analysis of clinical dataCellavision - Automates and simplifies the process of performing blood cell morphology. The system leverages high-speed robotics and digital imaging to automatically locate and capture high-quality images of cells and allows clinicians to remotely review the slides from offsite.
- Range of risk reduction mechanisms to maximise the accuracy of reporting test results
Reza Mirza, Head of Pathology, at The London Clinic, said: “Over 80% of patient treatment begins with pathology testing and the outcome will determine a patient’s treatment plan.
“The investment in our dedicated in-house pathology service means we have total confidence in meeting our clinical colleagues’ and customers' high expectations. We understand that as a patient waiting for a diagnosis, or a medical professional who needs a speedy result to start their patient’s treatment, time is always of the essence.
“Our new path laboratory technology enables us to analyse an even larger repertoire of tests in-house. This is key to the fast turnaround of results now oncology patients can receive same-day blood results.
“We can remotely authorise the blood results in situ so that oncology patients can start their treatments sooner. A further important improvement for oncology clinicians is that we now have Cellavision, a digital haematology microscopy solution that sends images to their desktops for immediate diagnosis.
“But this isn’t the end of the story. We are continuing to invest in a digital improvement journey to ensure all data flows seamlessly to our patients, clients, and external users. It’s a case of watch this space.”
Paul Hackworth, Director at QuidelOrtho said, “We are very pleased to be partnering with The London Clinic on this exciting laboratory refit. Diagnostic tests are the cornerstone for medical treatment and with the installation of state-of-the-art analysers capable of running high-accuracy tests. The London Clinic offer patients the best care possible.”
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