After 16 months of construction, upgrade of the laboratory on Waiora L3 is complete.
During construction, requirement for the laboratory to function on site and maintain a 24-hour service created interesting challenges for both laboratory staff and construction workers.
Building was done over five stages, with departments decanting and relocating around construction. Both the laboratory and construction staff worked together on the same side over this period.
The laboratory now boasts an airy open plan environment, and is a vast improvement from the previously confined and segmented work areas. The new laboratory space is process workflow-efficient and provides a good environment for staff.
The rebuild has allowed room for the recent installation of leading technology automation, designed to streamline processing of biochemical tests. Planning was also done in conjunction with development of the new laboratory information system, due to go live this year.
“Laboratory management would like to acknowledge all those involved in making the laboratory upgrade a success, in particular Hawkins construction and the Building Programme Office (in particular the late Brendan Hague),” said Waikato DHB clinical and support services group manager Melinda Ch’ng.
“The assistance and tolerance of other services affected by the upgrade, such as Property and Infrastructure, attendants, cleaners, clinics and wards, is also appreciated.
“Special mention must go to Microbiology manager Kay Stockman who ably led the rebuilding programme and worked closely with all parties to achieve this $4M upgrade without any disruption to services. Thank you all and well done.”
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