Chief Exec and Chair visit Labs
Board Chair, Tricia Marwick, and Chief Executive, Paul Hawkins, visited the North and South Laboratories at the Victoria Hospital today (24/1) to get a sense of how these areas have coped with the increase in demand this winter.
The daily work of laboratories is vital in ensuring patients are diagnosed correctly – indeed, around 80% of diagnoses are made following diagnostic testing. Similarly, such testing is crucial in making sure patients receive the correct treatment, and that they receive this treatment in the most appropriate place within the hospital. NHS Fife’s laboratories carry out more than five million tests each year and process around 1.3 million specimens.
Higher than normal prevalence of flu and norovirus within our communities has also dramatically increased the demands placed on staff within the labs. For flu alone, the laboratories tested double the number of samples in December and January than it had in the same months the previous year.
Speaking following the visit, Chief Executive, Paul Hawkins, said:
“As with all of our staff – our Labs team have gone the extra mile to ensure they keep pace with the significant demand, some even working over and above their contracted hours to ensure hospital services could continue to run as intended.
“It was great to get an opportunity to visit the labs to thank them and learn more about how they’ve been working over the busy winter period.
“Given the increase in demand, to have coped so admirably in the face of such pressure, is a testament to not only their abilities, but also their commitment to providing Fife patients with the best possible care.”