"core laboratory"

Gary Lum glum at ozemail.com.au
Wed Mar 20 05:17:33 EST 1996

I am looking for opinions that people have about the concept of a "core-laboratory".  I am a 
pathologist in a 450 bed hospital that covers the Top End of Australia.  The patient load is 
quite high in that we do the majority of the work for the Northern Territory as well as the 
in-patient load.  Currently, we have two Histopathologists, a General Pathologist and a Clinical 
Microbiologist (myself).
We are looking at developing a "core laboratory" consisting of routine automated haematology and 
chemical pathology.
I have heard varied anecdotal stories about the pros and cons of such a concept (and some horror 
stories).  I would appreciate anybody’s anecdotes or references to hard data on the pros and 
cons of a "core laboratory".  In your response I would appreciate your designation, 
qualifications and the size of your institution.  Please E-mail me as soon as possible, and if 
it is more comfortable, make it anonymous.

Thanks for your help.

(Dr) Gary Lum
Director of Microbiology
Royal Darwin Hospital
PO Box 41326
Casuarina NT 0811
Tel.	61 89 22 8091 (W)
	61 89 45 9965 (H)
Fac.	61 89 22 8843 (W)

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