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Lab Design that Drives Lab Performance

Optimise processes, enhance workflow and quality while minimising operating costs with unparalleled lab design that goes beyond best practice.

 
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Challenge

Increased test volumes could compromise performance

Cambridge University Hospital was housed in an old and highly fragmented building. The existing laboratory required a revamp in order to increase test volumes without compromising laboratory performance and quality. The lab also needed the flexibility to accommodate future automation.

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Approach

Process-driven lab design

LTS Health was involved in all aspects of the project from planning and consultation to managing construction and implementation. LTS Health made use of the six stages in lab design, initially mapping optimised processes and matching infrastructure.

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The Results

100% increase in workload capacity

Cambridge University Hospital saved 64% in facility rental cost leading to an improved test-per-square metre. They optimised workflow and increased functional areas by 100%. This was all acheived by aligning their infrastructure with their processes.

 
 

Process-Driven Lab Design

LTS Health assisted Cambridge University Hospital Laboratory to deal with increasing test demands and
under-utilised functional areas. This will allow them to roll out future automation.

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LTS Health was involved in all aspects of the initiative, from planning and consultation with all stakeholders to managing construction and project implementation. Specific responsibilities included:

 
 
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Stakeholder

LTS Health consulted with all parties to plan the best approach. On this specific project it included mapping optimised processes during stage1.

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Flexible, Future-proof Laboratory Layout

Revamping an old highly fragmented laboratory with many small rooms and pillars posed a challenge for future automation. With 20 years of experience in unparalleled laboratory design, LTS ensured:

  • Process-driven designs that support safety and productivity
  • Minimised operating costs, effective workflows and enhanced staff productivity
  • A design that exceeds best practice, and delivers quality, comfort and energy efficiency
  • A facility that is environmentally sustainable

3D&VR Modelling

Using modelling technology, LTS Health produced a view of the revamp to the Cambridge University Hospital Laboratory before any construction commenced.

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 The Results

The development of a centralised reception area resulted in the continuous flow of specimens into the laboratory.
 
 
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Functional Area Consolidation

The consolidation of functional areas improved space utlilisation. All the required functional areas have been accommodated within the available footprint. Staff qualifications have been aligned with relevant task requirements.

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Automation

By removing unnecessary walls and ensuring a process-driven lab design, automation is now possible.

 
 
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Outputs: Addressing the Client’s Needs 

 
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49%

Increase in bench space

53%

Reduction in the number of specimen pathways from receiving to analysis

29%

Reduction in the number of duplicated analytical activities

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212%

Functional area workflow increase

 

Cambridge University: Laboratory Performance Improvement