Essex

Colchester Hospital gets new blood testing equipment

Biochemical analyser
Image caption Biomedical scientist Chris Hibbert at the controls of the new equipment

Two new analysers for blood and other body fluids have been bought for a hospital laboratory in Essex.

The units, part of a £2.5m equipment replacement programme at Colchester Hospital, will carry out 4.5 million tests a year.

The vast majority of results will be reported to doctors and clinician staff the same day they are taken.

About 85% of tests will be on blood. Other substances examined come from the eyes, intestines, bladder and kidneys.

Manager Keith Bedwell said: "The new equipment includes two new analysers to replace four smaller units which were eight years old and not immune from breaking down due to their age."

About 60% of the samples come from local GP practices and rest from nearby hospitals

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