Homerton Hospital’s new Essential Services Laboratory was opened on Monday 6 February by Chief Executive Louise Ashley and Chair Sir John Gieve.
The new laboratory replaces ageing facilities at the hospital and is part of the innovative pathology arrangements run by NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership on behalf of Homerton Healthcare, Barts Health and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS trusts. The Pathology Partnership is jointly owned by the three trusts.
The Essential Services Laboratory concentrates on urgent tests requiring a quick turnaround in areas such as the hospital’s Emergency Department and specialist areas such as ICU, children’s intensive care and maternity.
Sir John said: “We have been through much effort to get to this point but we now have superb new pathology facilities just across the corridor to the Emergency Department and supporting other key clinical areas in our hospital.”
Andrew Knott, managing director of NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership said: “Pathology plays an essential role in approximately 70% of patient pathways.
“The creation of a shared network for pathology across east and south east London reflects the wider NHS national pathology strategy to meet the changing needs of patients and to be able to take full advantage of developments in new testing technology