NHS Lanarkshire’s new £2 million pathology laboratory has opened at Monklands Hospital in Airdrie.
The ambitious project was completed on time and on budget last month and over 70 staff have now moved in and begun work.
The modern, spacious laboratory will process and analyse tissue samples from across Lanarkshire and replaces the old Monklands lab and the pathology ser-vice at Wishaw General Hospital.
Lead biomedical scientist for pathology Allan Wilson, who oversees the lab, said he was delighted with the airy and spacious new building, on a site previously occupied by corporate services.
Allan said: “The lab is fantastic and has outstripped even our highest expectations.
“It was two years in the planning, and involved a tremendous amount of input into the design from me and my colleagues who will be working here.
“We have some of the latest and best equipment here and it’s great to have this new modern facility because we had outgrown our old labs.
“There are 72 staff, including 14 consultant pathologists. The other team members are biomedical scientists and support and admin staff.”
The new building will house all histopathology, tissue examination, cytopathology and cell examination across NHS Lanarkshire and create a single, modern pathology department.