The Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead oversees a highly efficient centre of excellence for pathology services across the South Tyne region. The central hub was established seven years ago as part of a £12 million redevelopment. This includes an integrated blood sciences unit, with significantly expanded haemostasis testing capacity. Working closely with Stago UK, all specialist testing can now be carried out in-house. The laboratory credits its long-standing partnership with Stago as integral to its continued success.
Bringing all specialist testing back into the Gateshead central hub required substantial changes to laboratory workflow. A key performance indicator (KPI) for Stago was to make sure this was achieved without disruption to routine testing turnaround times (TAT) and quality control (QC) compliance.
Testing at Gateshead now includes Stago assays for thrombophilia and lupus anticoagulant screening; monitoring of the new