Heritage tour hits pathology

Posted on Tue, 15/10/2019 by Richard Hardy, biomedical scientist

 

Our Pathology Centre in Gateshead opened its doors to heritage enthusiasts this month and spaces were filled in record time.

Our visitors were shown around various departments of the futuristic building, giving them insights on how diagnostics work as well as the Cancer screening hub.

These tours are a fantastic way to show how important these departments are, with Pathology now involved in more than 70% of all diagnoses made by the NHS. One of the main advantages of the new centre is that it is fully automated, minimising human interaction with samples, which means there is less chance of contamination or getting the wrong results.

We received some wonderful feedback and I would like to thank all of the staff who volunteered to do the tours.

“We have just returned from this tour where 2 hours turned into nearly 3! We enjoyed every minute of it! It was very well organised and the guides were very enthusiastic about their various departments! I did do part of the tour 2 years ago with my husband who promptly fainted in histology, so this time I took my daughter! Just to say, my husband recovered from his faint but just recently he had to have part of his bowel removed because of cancer. Surgery was very successful and luckily no extra treatment was needed, but it was interesting to find out how it was diagnosed! Thank everyone for me! I am so pleased we live so near to such a fantastic (and almost futuristic) place! Keep up the good work!” – J Molloy

“My husband and I attended the pathology tour last Friday and we just wanted to say thank you.  It was fascinating and good insight.  We have attended many Heritage events over the years and this was undoubtedly the best.  You are all unsung heroes.  The enthusiasm you all showed for your work was good to see” G Sillito

“We would like to thank your colleagues for our fantastic tour of your amazing facility last night. We’ve been making Heritage Open Day visits for several years now - but yours is undoubtedly the best we’ve ever experienced. Apart from the ‘wow' factor of all the technology and hi-tech equipment, what made a real impact on us was the very evident enthusiasm of everyone involved and their absolute dedication to the job. The fact that you’d already done a day’s work and then had to spend several hours more trying to educate a bunch of curious ignoramuses was way above the call of duty! Thanks again - and our very best wishes for weathering the increasing financial and working-hours pressures you obviously face in the NHS” A and G Gemmil.

Click here for more information about our fantastic £12m Pathology centre in Gateshead: https://www.qegateshead.nhs.uk/pathology

 

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