New laboratory delivers blood test results in one hour

​In future, patients at Bispebjerg Hospital will not have to wait long for the results of their blood tests. One of Europe’s largest fully automated blood test laboratories has just opened, guaranteeing faster blood test results and therefore faster diagnosis and treatment.

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One hour. That’s the maximum time from receipt of a blood sample at the laboratory from a physician or nurse to completed analysis. This is the reality in the new, fully automated laboratory at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, which started operation at the end of January 2020.

The laboratory was opened officially on 7 February 2020 at a festive reception.

“My ambition for the hospitals of the future is to provide better and faster treatment, so that patients can return home to their families very quickly. Our new laboratory is a fantastic example of how we can digitalise work processes to benefit people in treatment at our hospitals,” said Sophie Hæstorp Andersen, chairman of the Regional Council (Social Democratic Party).

One minute from patient to robot

Blood samples are transported in tubes from the hospital departments directly into the analysis device, without any form of human intervention. Transport takes just one or two minutes. Then the robots to take over, and within one hour the test results are ready on the electronic patient records (Sundhedsplatform), and the physician can decide the onward treatment.

“At Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, we collaborate on effective diagnostic evaluation and treatment for our patients. This even shorter route from patient to analysis laboratory raises the bar in diagnostics. It benefits both patients and staff, and it is a major boost for the hospital and the many general practitioners we also service,” said Kristian Antonsen, deputy chief executive at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital.

Fully automated solution means fewer mistakes

When the new extension of Bispebjerg Hospital is finished in a few years, the laboratory will probably have to deliver around 12 to 13 million test results a year.
Helle Brunsgaard Larsen, leading biochemist at the Department of Clinical Biochemistry, is looking forward to using the new and ultra-modern facilities to offer faster processing and fewer errors.

“The shorter response times may contribute to faster diagnosis and better patient flows. There is also less risk of errors, such as mixing up samples, because the samples are automatically sent directly to the analysis robot via the tubes. This means we can help ensure better patient safety,” she concludes.

Facts

  • The blood test laboratory at Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital is one of the largest of its kind in Europe and it was taken into use on 25 January 2020.
  • The blood samples are sent via tubes, and transport takes one to two minutes from department to laboratory. Response time (turn-around-time) is a maximum of one hour for most analyses.
  • The laboratory services Bispebjerg and Frederiksberg Hospital, other hospitals, general practitioners and medical specialists in Copenhagen.
  • The laboratory is in a new building at Bispebjerg Hospital and, in the long term, it will service the new hospital being built on the area from 2020.
  • The new automated laboratory solutions have been supplied by Roche Diagnostics. The equipment is linked to a Tempus 600 transport pipeline supplied by Timedico.
  • The Capital Region of Denmark is investing around DKK 20 bn. (EUR 2.7 bn.) in new hospital buildings to establish an up-to-date and functional framework for the health service of the future.

Further information

  • Public Relations at the Capital Region of Denmark, tel. +45 70209588 / presse@regionh.dk


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