We are extremely proud to have now completed major building works at our lead laboratory based at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust which will help us deliver an enhanced genomic service for the East of England and East Midlands.
East Genomic Laboratory Hub (GLH) is now well placed to provide a higher throughput and rapid turnaround of tests. The work, which will ultimately benefit millions of patients, has included:
- integration of our haemato-oncology team alongside our rare disease and cancer teams
- an automated DNA extraction facility, as well as a separate sequencing hub with a dedicated area for next generation sequencing
- an increase to our ‘dry’ laboratory capacity so that we can accommodate more staff and have a dedicated administration area in the department
- the development of an efficient one-way system for staff and samples, designed to also prevent contamination
Amanda Clarkson, Clinical Operations Director, East GLH said:
“Thanks to all staff who have been working both in the office and at home during this time to help us get the work done. We are very proud of the work that’s been done; it’s an amazing achievement in just three months.
“Our main laboratory is now set up well for the future of high throughput and rapid genomic testing. We are looking forward to being able to process greater volumes of our existing tests, as well as take on board new tests as and when we can to help a greater number of patients.”