The testing units at Karolinska University Hospital have a large flow of patients. Many come from departments that belong to the hospital, but patients also come here from other care providers throughout Sweden.
“We take tests of an average of 200 patients a day at just the testing centre in Solna. At the entire unit, we have 500-600 patients a day. This also includes the testing at Serafen, the St. Eriks Eye Hospital and Solna health centre,” says Marmar Moayedfar, Unit Manager.
Besides taking blood samples, the testing centre at Karolinska University Hospital also does functional tests, such as glucose tolerance testing, lactose tolerance testing and testing of renal function.
Better waiting rooms and staff rooms
When the testing centre moves 900 metres to the new hospital building, patients and relatives will come to a completely different environment than today. The testing centre will be on the ground floor close to the main entrance and will have a waiting room in a separate environment.
“I am really looking forward to getting a waiting room for our patients. Today, they sit in a public area,” says Marmar Moayedfar.
The testing centre is moving to the new hospital building in 2018. That same year, the testing of Radiumhemmet will move to the new treatment building. Paediatric testing has already moved in to the new building.
The unit that Marmar Moayedfar is responsible for has 30 employees of various professions: nurses, biomedical scientists, lab technicians and a nurse.
Even the new staff room, which has windows towards Solnavägen, is a big improvement:
“We are gaining an incredibly nice staff room that is bright and pleasant. Today, the staff room is in the culvert.”
Close to the patients
When the testing centre and Radiumhemmet’s testing moves, the staff is well prepared.
“In the move of Paediatric testing, it was new for everyone and the solutions we arrived at then will be of great use now. We are very dependent on the data system working and it did from day one. The pneumatic dispatch system, which is also important for us, is now tied in to the old building and that makes our work easier.”
When testing moves, the hospital will keep the principle that it will be close to the patients. It is especially important when the testing unit of Radiumhemmet moves into the treatment building.
“At the testing unit at Radiumhemmet, we receive cancer patients and we have to be where they are treated since they are susceptible to infection,” says Marmar Moayedfar.