State-of-the-Art Automated Pathology Laboratory launched

The National Health Laboratory Service’s (NHLS) laboratory based at the Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital (CMJAH) officially launched the newly automated pathology laboratory on Tuesday 20 June 2017. This new acquisition to the laboratory will ensure that the organisation is able to provide state-of-the-art diagnostic services to the hospital with improved turnaround times and efficiency gains with very low wastage.

The event was attended by representatives from the NHLS’ top management and staff; Provincial Department of Health officials, and Roche Diagnostics staff. The cutting of the ribbon ceremony was done by Prof Jaya George, Head of Chemical Pathology and Prof Wendy Stevens.

Prof Wendy Stevens - Head of the Molecular Medicine and Haematology department, spoke on behalf of the Acting CEO, and was very proud and impressed by the innovation, and stressed that technology solves solutions . Prof Stevens said, “CMJAH has one of the most highly recognised automated laboratory worldwide, and it produces approximately 4.9 million tests per year.”

She further mentioned that this requires teamwork and thanked everyone in the room for their contribution, including Roche Diagnostics who supplied the instruments.
Roland Diggelmann - CEO of Roche Diagnostic said, “This fully automated, customised pathology laboratory solution is a first-of-its-kind in Africa. As Roche we are very proud of the innovation as we are always thinking of how to create things differently.” said Roland.

The laboratory will contribute to the NHLS’ strategic oriented goals of serving the community with state-of-the-art laboratories, which is a vital aspect for the organisation and for South Africa’s healthcare landscape.

Issued by Communication, Marketing and Public Relations Department