Bronglais Hospital’s Pathology Department moves into new state of the art facilities


Another chapter of Bronglais Hospital’s Front of House scheme is complete with the Pathology Department moving into new state of the art facilities.
As part of this change, the Biochemistry and Haematology Laboratories have merged to provide a single Blood Sciences facility. Whilst this concept is common in many hospitals, as a new build, this was the first such to be purpose built within Wales. The adjacent Public Health Wales Microbiology Laboratory enables a single specimen reception to serve all laboratory areas, thus reducing much previous duplication.
The departments, previously located at opposite ends of the hospital complex, are now co-located in the main hospital, adjacent to the CT scanner.
New equipment is expected in the coming months, further developing pathology services at the site. Pathology testing accounts for around 70% of patient diagnoses and is essential for diagnosis and monitoring of disease, diagnosis and monitoring of infection and provision of blood transfusion, all of which are provided 24/7.
Dr Sue Fish, Clinical Programme Director of the Mid Wales Healthcare Collaborative welcomed the opening of the new laboratories saying: “The new laboratories now provide state of the art facilities which will ensure that Bronglais Hospital continues to analyse blood samples and microbiology specimens on site, which are necessary to treat patients both in the hospital and in the community in mid Wales.
“The labs will also provide a range of services to clinical staff and patients across the whole of Hywel Dda and continue to participate in number of medical research studies.”

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