Milestone for £16m hospital laboratory

Topping-out: David Stone, Tim Stephenson and James Wimpenny at the new labs.           Picture: Glenn Ashley.
Topping-out: David Stone, Tim Stephenson and James Wimpenny at the new labs. Picture: Glenn Ashley.
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HOSPITAL bosses have celebrated the topping-out ceremony for a state-of-the-art £16 million laboratory complex at Sheffield’s Northern General Hospital.

The new facility, which will be completed entirely next year, will bring together the city’s existing pathology laboratories into one purpose-built site.

David Stone, chairman of Sheffield Teaching Hospital’s board, led the celebrations for the 4,636 square-metre facility, which will process more than 10 million tests every year.

It will house some of the most advanced diagnostic equipment in Europe and will enable patients to receive their results even more quickly.

Professor Tim Stephenson, clinical director of laboratory medicine, said: “We already have some of the best scientists in the NHS working within our hospital laboratories and this new major investment will now also provide Sheffield with some of the most leading laboratory facilities in Europe.

“It will increase our capacity and enable us to process test results even more quickly.

“The new building is part of our ongoing commitment to provide the best quality of care to patients not just at Sheffield hospitals, but also patients from many other neighbouring hospitals who we will be able to provide specialist test reporting for.”

The complex will enable specialists to work more closely together in large open plan areas, reducing duplication and increasing the opportunity to share expertise.

The building’s modern design will also cut energy costs by two thirds compared to the existing laboratories.

James Wimpenny, regional director BAM Construction North East, the building firm behind the development, said: “We are extremely proud of our involvement in this project and are pleased to be helping to create such a wonderful new facility.”