New blood sampling lab opens at Gozo General Hospital

Credit: Steward Health Care

A new Clinical Laboratory has been inaugurated at Gozo General Hospital.

Running at an investment of €1.2 million, the project by Steward Health Care Malta is understood to include a collection of new technologies and automation for greater sufficiency in blood sample testing and analysis.

The new in-sourced technology for the lab include an automated immunoassay analyser, an integrated chemistry system, a robotic interface solution that performs intelligent sample processing, a fully automated, high-volume diagnostic haematology analyser, a digital morphology system and finally, a compact haemostasis analyser, the first of its kind on the Maltese islands.

Inaugurating the new lab were the Maltese Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Health Chris Fearne, Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, and Gozo General Hospital Executive Director Joseph Fenech.

Gozo General Hospital’s Executive Director Joseph Fenech emphasized the lab’s new capacity for self-sufficiency saying, ‘the new clinical laboratory has further strengthened our hospital operations, significantly reducing the need to send samples for testing outside of the hospital. The insourcing of such processes is a model that Steward Malta is focusing on within its hospitals to ensure higher operational efficiency and the ability to run quasi self-sufficient facilities. The high-tech equipment has been very positively received by our medical laboratory scientists and lab staff, as laborious and repetitive tasks have been reduced allowing them to focus on the higher-skills based components of their work.’

Credit: Steward Health Care

The Deputy Prime Minister Chris Fearne explained that the lab was just the start for improving healthcare provision in Gozo.

‘This augers well for health care in Gozo. The lab on its own however, will not give the necessary results, which is why we need to continue strengthening our personnel so that together we can deliver on our vision for quality care close to home for the Gozitan community,’ the Deputy PM said.

Masterplan

During the inauguration, Steward Malta also explained that it was nearing completion of its masterplan which will see the upgrading of infrastructure in the St Luke’s Hospital, Karin Grech Hospital and Gozo General Hospital.