The laboratory works with other centres in Cambridge, Oxford, Bristol, Exeter and Cardiff (SCOBEC) to provide specialist testing for a range of diseases and conditions for a population of 11 million people in the South and East of England.
The Salisbury facility uses robotics to increase the speed and accuracy of testing for breast cancer and processed more than 1000 cases within the SCOBEC region in record time. The laboratory is now attracting work from other centres in the UK and overseas.
Chris Mattocks said: “We believed from the outset that our design for a high throughput laboratory could outperform more traditional methods and its performance confirmed this by delivering faster results for clinical teams and GPs, at lower costs and with no reduction in accuracy.”
Mr Mattocks added: “On top of this it’s always nice to pick up an award. There has been so much good work carried out within the hospital over the last year that it was a real honour to be rewarded in this way for our achievement.“
The Trust’s Service Improvement Awards are now held each year and are an integral part of the Trust’s approach to act where improvements can be made and reward staff for their role in identifying and addressing possible issues. Around 120 members of staff and Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust governors and members heard the presentations given by staff before they cast their vote. The presentations covered areas such as patient and public involvement projects, clinical audits, surveys and individual complaints.
Wiltshire Young Carers (WYC) came second for the work they did to raise awareness of their needs as a carer when they come into hospital with a family member. Third place went to the Urology team for their work in improving the diagnostic process for people with prostate cancer.
Mo Neville, Head of Clinical Governance said: "This really was a successful event which highlighted the positive way in which our staff are continually looking at how they can improve the service they give to their patients. Improvements have taken place across the hospital, and this is just reward for staff achievements.” Ends
Notes to editors:
· There were over 30 entries this year with eight shortlisted. Following presentations of the eight entries, Deputy Chairman David Quayle presented prizes for first, second and third. There was also a poster competition and a special award for a project led by junior doctors.
· In his closing address, Chief Executive, Dr Frank Harsent emphasised the tremendous way in which staff had tackled problems or incidents in their own areas, put in place new processes to address them and presented this to an audience made up of their peers, senior management and the public.
For further information please contact:
Patrick Butler, Public Relations Manager, Salisbury NHS Foundation Trust. Tel: 01722 425170