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The National Cervical Screening Laboratory: project update August 2021

- 16 August 2021

Significant progress is being made on the construction of the new National Cervical Screening Laboratory (NCSL). The project has completed its design and procurement phases, and building works began on the campus of the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital in Dublin in January 2021. The building superstructure is now complete and the current phase of construction will focus on cladding the external envelope and weathering the building structure. The building is on target to be ready in late 2022.

The laboratory is being developed by the HSE and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital. It is designed to be a national centre of excellence for cervical screening. It will be used by Ireland’s cervical screening programme, CervicalCheck, to process women’s cervical screening samples.

The project to develop the laboratory began in 2018. A steering group chaired by the National Screening Service and the Coombe Women & Infants University Hospital reports regularly to the HSE management team on the project’s progress. There are seven separate work streams in place to deliver the laboratory project.

As construction continues, we are also working on procuring and installing new equipment, so that the laboratory is ready to begin work when construction is complete. We are also working on recruiting key staff to work in the laboratory now, and in the future.

In addition to these key areas we are working on the finance, and information technology systems, service model design, and quality assurance. It is important that we have all of this in place so that the new laboratory is ready to begin its work, and can serve the needs of the national cervical screening programme.


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