Korle Bu inaugurates new diagnostic centre

BY: Jemima Okang Addae
The new KML Diagnostic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA
The new KML Diagnostic Centre at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital. Picture: ELVIS NII NOI DOWUONA

The Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH) has inaugurated a modern diagnostic centre that will provide results faster to serve the needs of its growing clients.

The laboratory will provide services in clinical chemistry, haematology and immunology.

The public-private partnership, known as the Korle Bu-Mindray-Lynch (KML) Diagnostic Centre, has the capacity to provide test results in less than 24 hours, which usually took about a week to be ready in existing laboratories at the hospital.

Built in partnership with Lynch Medical Services Limited and Mindray Medical International Limited, it will also cater for patients’ tests without referring them to other facilities.

At the inauguration of the facility at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital in Accra yesterday, the Board Chairman of the KBTH, Dr David Nkansa-Dwamena, said the project was an example of what could be achieved through a well-structured and regulated public-private partnership to benefit the country.

That, he said, would ensure that the hospital became synonymous with first class, accurate and timely provision of laboratory services in addition to other areas of known expertise.

“It is my firm hope that this addition to our laboratory services will result in improved efficiency, quicker clinical decision-making and enhanced customer satisfaction,” he added.

Laboratory services

The Chief Executive Officer of KBTH, Dr Opoku Ware Ampomah, said the laboratory diagnostic services were an important factor in the delivery of medical care, and so it was important to have high quality, reliable, efficient and prompt laboratory services.

He explained that the hospital received between 1,500 and 2,500 patients daily, who mostly needed laboratory tests, which consequently stretched the hospital’s central laboratory’s resources and personnel.

“If you see the number of laboratories that are mushrooming across from Korle Bu, that can give you an indication that probably we are not being as efficient in providing the laboratory services needed,” Dr Ampomah stated.

He added that the centre would enhance the hospital’s ability to provide prompt, efficient and reliable laboratory serves as a backup to the central laboratory.

The KBTH CEO said in the course of next year, microbiology and pathology services would be added to the laboratory.