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Lab automation goes live in Ipswich

4th August 2014


The pathology laboratory at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is the first site in the UK to go live with the latest, high-throughput automated workflow solution from Roche, the Cobas 8100.

Providing reliable, fully automated, end-to-end sample processing, this advanced technology will allow the clinical biochemistry laboratory to cope with increasing workloads while ensuring rapid and predictable turnaround times and high-quality analytical results.

The Cobas 8100 provides end-to-end sample processing with a single point of entry, automated pre- and post-analytics, and intelligent sample routing for autonomous workflow management. Its 3D transportation system directs samples to and from the analytical modules and keeps empty sample racks on a separate level, preventing bottlenecks and ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow.

“Ipswich Hospital’s pathology services are now part of the Pathology Partnership and Ipswich will become a hub laboratory for our reconfigured services, which will mean a significant increase in workload,” said head BMS and service manager for clinical biochemistry, Dean Braunig.

“Our Cobas 8100, with two Cobas 8000 modular analytical lines, provides the capacity to increase our throughput, while ensuring same-day, high-quality results for routine test requests as well as urgent emergency samples.”





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