Canterbury District Health Board has backed a
recommendation to work towards a partnership with one hospital laboratory and
one community laboratory.
are currently three providers of community laboratory testing in Canterbury:
Canterbury Health Laboratories (CHL), Southern Community Laboratories (SCL) and
However, the Christchurch laboratory infrastructure suffered significant
damage as a result of the February 22 earthquake, at the same time as the five
year community services contracts were due to expire.
started the Canterbury Clinical Network’s (CCN) clinically-led service model
design process and consultation around developing a service that is best for the
people of Canterbury.
There were 295 responses to the consultation
document that went out in August to clinician/referrers, laboratory staff and
patients, as well as from national and local organisations.
The feedback supported the delivery of
laboratory services in a “one health system” approach with clinical governance,
integrated IT solutions and service locations aligned with population needs in
order to increase and improve patients services and support the overall
strategic direction in Canterbury – moving closer to an integrated health
A significant majority supported a partnership
with one hospital laboratory and one community laboratory with the CDHB owned
laboratory being the hospital laboratory. This also supports the recommendation
the CCN Transitional Leadership Board presented to the board in August 2011.
The board today adopted the recommendation
receive the Laboratory Services Submission Summary Report;
approve the adoption a partnership with one hospital laboratory and one
community laboratory (with the CDHB-owned laboratory being the hospital);
approve the move
into the procurement phase and the undertaking of a request for proposal (RFP)
process to secure an alliance partner for laboratory services in Canterbury
delegate to the
Quality, Finance, Audit Risk Committee the final approval of a preferred
provider on conclusion of the RFP.
David Meates, Canterbury District Health
Board chief executive, says he is grateful to all the laboratory service
providers for their continued dedication and efforts to ensure patients receive
a world class service following the earthquakes.
“Many are working in new and sometimes difficult conditions.
With more than 40 percent of responses to the consultation coming from
laboratory staff, I appreciate the extra effort they have taken to participate
by providing valuable input into the service change,” David Meates says.
“A consistent theme in the feedback was the high level of
knowledge and skills of the laboratory service staff we have in Canterbury.”
David Meates says the level of engagement shows how important
this service change is for the Canterbury Health System.
The Quality, Finance, Audit Risk Committee is expected to
approve the RFP outcome on November 30, 2011 with CDHB working towards having a
system finalised by April, 2012.
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