Partnership to achieve full laboratory automation in Ireland
Beckman Coulter has announced a continuing partnership with Mayo University Hospital, working together to achieve full laboratory automation, tackling the challenges brought by an increased workload and diminishing staff.
Mayo University Hospital is a 300-bed facility located in Castlebar, in the West of Ireland. The hospital services a large geographical area, including in excess of 100 GP surgeries, as well as an emergency department registering more than 37,000 attendances per annum and an admissions conversion range of 26–31%.
Mayo University Hospital sought a fully automated solution for clinical chemistry and immunoassay that would be able to grow, keep up with future capacity needs, and provide them with total process improvement opportunities. In providing a comprehensive menu and high-throughput analysers, Beckman Coulter has opened avenues through which the laboratory is able to repatriate tests that would once have been sent to other sites.
“As a profession we aspire to deliver an efficient service but this can be challenging with increasing service demands, recruitment difficulty and space limitation. We have been collaborating with Beckman Coulter for over 20 years and now they have provided us with an impressive automated solution within a reconfigured current laboratory space. This allows us to continue providing an efficient service to our users and has given us the scope to expand our services. We are delighted to continue our relationship with Beckman Coulter, having signed a long-term contract with them to guarantee the latest in laboratory technologies for Ireland,” said Ray Divilley, Laboratory Chief at Mayo University Hospital.
An in-depth, consultative approach between the laboratory and Beckman Coulter’s Project Management, Sales and Applications teams has led to the design and development of a future-proof solution. This comprises the latest generation of automation; DxA 5000, AU clinical chemistry analysers and DxI immunoassay analysers, underpinned by Beckman Coulter’s Remisol Advance Data Manager.
“We are excited to partner with Mayo on this transformative project and to support our customers in meeting their objectives. The DxA 5000 is a key component of Beckman Coulter’s vision that every laboratory should be able to harness the benefits of automation, no matter their size” said Tom Coulson, EU Product Marketing Manager - Workflow & IT Solutions.