Acute Hospital Lab officially completed
12 September 2023
A new Acute Hospital Laboratory (AHL) for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust has been officially completed at the Leeds General Infirmary (LGI).
The new laboratory, based in LGI’s Jubilee Wing will provide essential and urgent pathology testing facilities to support clinical teams at the hospital when the main pathology service relocates to the brand-new, state-of-the-art Centre for Laboratory Medicine which has just completed construction at the St James’s University Hospital (SJUH) site.
At an official event held on 7 September, staff and partners gathered in the new AHL to celebrate its completion with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Staff will be moving into the AHL following the installation of state-of-the-art equipment and technology.
Clare Smith, Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer for Leeds Teaching Hospitals, said: “The new AHL is part of our wider plans to invest in and improve our services across the Trust. Being able to maintain our pathology services at the LGI when the majority of our pathology teams relocate to the new laboratory at St James’s next year is hugely important, and this new facility will allow us to continue to provide high-quality patient care across the two sites.”
Simon Worthington, Finance Director, and Senior Responsible Officer for the Trust’s Building the Leeds Way Programme said: “The new Acute Hospital Laboratory will enable staff to work in an environment that is equipped with the latest technology and equipment which will help us to drive improvements in diagnosis and treatment right across the Trust and the rest of the region.”
Most laboratory medicine services are currently delivered from outdated facilities in the Old Medical School at LGI and as part of the Trust’s Building the Leeds Way programme of capital investment and improvements many of these services are being brought together in the new purpose-built, state-of-the-art Centre for Laboratory Medicine at SJUH.
When these services transfer to SJUH, the Old Medical School will be repurposed as part of the Trust’s plan to use surplus estate at the LGI to develop an Innovation Village, creating 4000 new jobs and generating £13bn for the West Yorkshire economy.