Obsolete Limerick hospital lab equipment to be replaced in €4m contract

Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

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Fintan Walsh, Health Correspondent

The HSE and the UL Hospitals Group has put out to tender the provision and maintenance of laboratory equipment at the hospital in Dooradoyle

The HSE and the UL Hospitals Group has put out to tender the provision and maintenance of laboratory equipment at the hospital in Dooradoyle

A TOTAL of €4m will spent on new laboratory equipment at University Hospital Limerick at its histopathology service where there has been little equipment replacement in 20 years.

Histopathology is the study of tissues that have been altered or changed by disease.

The HSE and the UL Hospitals Group has put out to tender the provision and maintenance of laboratory equipment at the hospital in Dooradoyle. 

A spokesperson for the hospital said that the purpose of the tender is to replace older equipment and out of date technology “in a way that does not require a large capital expenditure upfront.

“There has been little equipment replacement since the laboratory was refurbished in 1998. The new equipment will have newer technologies.”

The spokesperson said that this project is “cost neutral” and that the €4m expenditure on laboratory equipment is part of the histopathology budget over 10 years.

“The equipment and all required items to perform tests will be provided through one service level agreement and one primary supplier, who will in turn have third party suppliers to facilitate all test requirements of the histopathology laboratory.

“The new equipment will improve the histopathology service to patients of UL Hospitals by increasing productivity, decreasing time taken to produce results and reducing the likelihood of errors,” he told The Leader in a statement. 

The service, which provides for patients and GPs in the Mid-West region, will modernise the service via the procurement of equipment and analysers and “significantly improve efficiencies”.

“In addition, the acquisition of the new laboratory equipment will allow UHL to effectively manage service demands and meet ever increasing associated histopathology laboratory workloads.”

The HSE and the UL Hospitals Group is currently seeking a contractor for the development of a 60-bed modular build, which is expected to be delivered within 300 days once the procurement process is complete. It is expected to cost over €19m.