Clinical Laboratory Consolidations in New Brunswick
The Minister of Health has given the green light to inviting proposals to plan a consolidation of Clinical Laboratory Services in New Brunswick. Great idea for all the right reasons!
In 1962 I was allowed each Friday afternoon to visit the Lab at the Yarmouth Regional Hospital where the Chief Technologist was a personal friend. I learned the basics of how hospital labs work, learned how to do Haemoglobin tests with a hand-held device, and learned how to use pipettes and test tubes. That was sufficiently fascinating that I determined to choose Medical Lab Technology as a career. Later in my development my career path changed but the memories remain!
In the 1980’s, visionaries in Ontario could see the impact on health care that would be brought by new technologies and computerization together with predicted labor supply issues and consolidation of hospital and health programs. So we saw the beginnings of the development of large central labs springing up in the population centres. This enabled highly expensive, state of the art equipment to be consolidated where it could be used around the clock, seven days per week. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.