World-leading centre in Gateshead welcomes president

Posted on Mon, 11/11/2019

The state-of-the-art pathology hub in Gateshead has attracted national attention and hosted a visit from the UK’s leading pathology organisation.

Staff at the innovative Pathology Centre at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital welcomed Professor Jo Martin, President of the Royal College of Pathologists, for a guided tour of the facilities and an overview of the work it does to deliver cutting-edge testing services.

The £12m Pathology Centre is a cutting edge facility which provides health professionals with all the medical testing needed to deliver fast, accurate results for patients. Some of the technology used is so innovative that clinical teams from China, Israel, Australia, Germany, USA and the Middle East have visited the centre in the past few years.

The centre provides most of the pathology services for the NHS across Gateshead, Sunderland and South Tyneside and also offers testing in a range of medical and other sectors. One of the main advantages of the centre is that it is fully automated, minimising human interaction with samples, reducing the chance of incorrect results.

Pathology services are an essential part of modern healthcare and used in more than 70% of all diagnoses made by the NHS. These include fertility tests, blood or urine analysis, tests for infection, and diagnosing cancer.

Yvonne Ormston, chief executive at QE Gateshead, said: “We were delighted to welcome the president of the Royal College of Pathologists. It was a real opportunity for us to showcase our cutting-edge facilities in the Pathology Centre. We’re extremely proud of this centre of excellence and it has been great to share our experiences with our colleagues from across the UK.

“Our lab is dedicated to providing quick, accurate results, which is valued by both patients and doctors in helping to assess what may be wrong and how they can be treated to the highest possible standard as soon as possible. Having this expertise under one roof, and using the very latest in specialist technology for pathology, has huge benefits for patients in this part of the North East.”

Dr David Kennedy, consultant clinical scientist at QE Gateshead, adds: “Our Pathology Centre is a fantastic, ultra-modern place to work and the work we do has substantial benefits for the medical teams at the hospital, the GP surgeries in the region but, most importantly, the patients who need their laboratory results.”

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