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23.01.2015 12:52

Hospital Labs Now Open

The laboratory service in the newly built hospital in the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS) is now up and running, taking the first step towards the new facility becoming fully operational. The hospital, run by the Autonomous Government of Andalusia, is the largest civil engineering project in the region. More than 250 million euros have been invested in the new facility, which has a floor area of 160,000 square metres, making it one of the largest healthcare complexes in Europe. It will have the capacity to serve a population of more than a million people living in its catchment area.


The new PTS hospital laboratories

The laboratory service currently occupies a floor area of some 4,000 square metres, and new employees are gradually being incorporated into the workforce, which will total more than 100 employees once the facility is fully operational. The labs are equipped with the most cutting-edge technology available anywhere in the world, and more than 44 million euros were invested in this part of the project.

The director of the recently opened laboratories, Tomás de Haro, has said that the new service will have the capacity to process 70,000 tests a day, serving around 3,000 patients daily. The work method in the laboratories is expected to improve efficiency and reduce spending by 30% each year. 11 million euros will be invested this year to provide testing services for the whole province.

Work began to transfer the laboratory service to its new premises in November 2014, and its equipment was being installed up until January. The facility became operational as soon as the operating licence was received from Granada City Council.