President Mahinda Rajapaksa opened Sri Lanka’s first-ever Medical Reference Laboratory at the Lanka Hospitals, in Colombo yesterday (July 16). After opening the new laboratory, President Rajapaksa went around the lab observing its various facilities and talking to the staff.
With the opening of this new medical reference laboratory Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics, a subsidiary of Lanka Hospitals, fulfils the long felt need for an advanced medical laboratory in the country with cutting edge technology to improve and speed up the process of diagnostics.
The inauguration of the Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics Reference Laboratory marks a significant milestone for medical specialists and doctors as a whole.
The advanced testing facility will provide a complete solution based laboratory commencing from sample collections, transportation of the same, data entry, testing, histopathological examination and on time delivery of laboratory reports.
The new Reference Laboratory offers over 300 new tests which are not offered by any other laboratory in Sri Lanka thus far. This will eliminate the need for sending samples for testing overseas, thereby significantly reducing the medical expenses currently incurred by a patient.
The state-of-the-art laboratory will have over nine departments such as Haematology, Molecular Biology, Microbiology, Flow Cytometry, Cytogenetics, Histopathology, Immunology, Liquid based Cytology and Bio Chemistry. Further, the facility will be manned by trained professionals.
The laboratory will have dedicated and qualified staff for each of these units. The Reference Laboratory performs daily calibration of laboratory instruments, which is generally not a practice by other laboratories in Sri Lanka. Committed to excellence, Lanka Hospitals Diagnostics Reference Laboratory has six Pathologists who will be dedicated to the service of all tests that are carried out in the laboratory.
Prime Mininster D M Jayaratne, Chief Minister Prasanna Ranatunga, Deputy Minister Lalith Dissanayake, Defence Secretary and CEO of the hospital Dr Wimal Kannagara were also present.