Simon Worthington, the Trust’s Director of Finance and Senior Responsible Officer for the Building the Leeds Way Programme, said: “Seeing the fantastic progress being made on the construction of our new pathology laboratory is a real boost for both the Trust and the wider community.
“It is also an opportunity for us to demonstrate how committed we are to transforming healthcare in Leeds and the wider city region, by taking another step further towards creating a state-of-the-art working space for our staff and providing an even better service for our patients.”
The new laboratory forms a key part of the strategy for delivering pathology services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate and is prioritised by the West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership that focuses upon delivering integrated care across the region.
Funding for the new facility is supported by the Health and Care Partnership, recognising the importance of this critical development for partner organisations.
The Trust aims to develop a world-class pathology building that is flexible, digital by design and that supports the delivery of net zero carbon. It will aim to be fully mechanically ventilated with heat recovery and systems to minimise power and re-use heat.
It will also incorporate a single, shared Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) for the area which will mean test requests can be ordered, tracked and results reported electronically to clinical services across West Yorkshire and Harrogate.