MERCY OBIERO, one of our laboratory technicians, recently shared her perspective on the new laboratory.
Mercy Obiero (left) and Mike Ondiek (right)
Working in the new laboratory is very exciting. The rooms are spacious and can accommodate the equipment and personnel for quite advanced testing and diagnosis. We have a phlebotomy area that is separate from the main lab, a microbiology section, and a room specifically for a biosafety cabinet. Previously, the lab space was small, which made it difficult to ensure infection control when testing for TB or other contagious diseases. The new space allows for more natural air circulation, which can improve the health of lab staff. The staff workflow has improved, and the team has even been able to hire a qualified intern with the increased space. The new equipment is state of the art, and it has been enjoyable to become familiar with it.
All of this improvement to the space has allowed us to provide higher quality service, with very accurate diagnoses that patients can fully trust. The new location of the lab allows for better confidentiality for patients and is less hectic that the former, smaller space. The patients often comment on how nice the waiting area is.
The laboratory team looks forward to the full implementation of the electronic medical records system in the new lab that will nicely complement the quality services that we are already able to provide. Overall, the quality of the laboratory brings the Lwala Community Hospital up to very high standards, and we are proud of it.
The new laboratory was part of our hospital expansion, which was supported by Ronald McDonald House Charities, Health eVillages, and Izumi Foundation. The Charitable Foundation helped equip the lab, and GlobeMed supported its completion.
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