The trust is the lead organisation for the East Genomics Laboratory Hub (East GLH), one of seven hubs within England set up to introduce genomic testing into mainstream medicine. The East GLH serves 8.3 million people in the East Midlands and East of England with laboratories in Cambridge, Leicester and Nottingham. The service provides a genomic testing service for rare diseases, cancer and haematological malignancy.
Colin Carr (pictured), operations manager at East GLH, said: “The key function of the hub is to deliver genomic testing to help provide early diagnosis for people with certain conditions, including rare disease and cancer, as well as vital information which can predict how individual patients will respond to treatment.”
Genmed was appointed under an NHS framework agreement and selected by the trust to provide a laboratory managed service contract. This contract enables the trust to save time and resources as Genmed manages certain aspects of the trust's laboratory service, including management of its suppliers.
The managed service saves time and allows staff to concentrate on their laboratory work. Saskia Neuert, Senior Genetic Technologist at East GLH, said, “The new way of working allows staff more time to concentrate on their clinical work, which is very helpful for workflow in the laboratory. As the health service recovers from COVID-19 and the number of out-patient appointments increase, having greater capacity to deal with increased throughput of samples is essential.” The genomics team will soon be utilising a dedicated online portal, which will provide further efficiencies.
Genmed’s Chief Executive, Jonathan Wedgbury, said: “We are proud to be working with the team at Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust and facilitating the provision and future development of their genomic laboratory service. The managed service contract allows their leading genetics team to concentrate on supporting improved patient outcomes, utilising the latest state-of-the-art products and technology.”