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New lab that deals with cervical and bowel screening results officially opens today

MedLab Pathology, based in Sandyford, has been awarded 50 per cent of the contract for the CervicalCheck programme and will also work with the State’s BowelScreen programme.

Minister of State Alex White (file photo)
Minister of State Alex White (file photo)
Image: Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

A NEW LABORATORY which processes, screens and reports on 160,000 cervical checks annually is to be officially opened today.

MedLab Pathology (MLP), based in Sandyford in Dublin 18, deals with 50 per cent of the samples that are received annually from the CervicalCheck programme, in addition to being the sole laboratory which deals with the national bowel screening programme, BowelScreen.

The CEO of Medlab Pathology, Eamonn Madden, said that it was hoped that the Sandyford-based laboratory would soon be in a position to handle 100 per cent of the 338,000 smear tests carried out annually by CervicalCheck, half of which are currently outsourced to the US.

The Minister of State for Primary Care Alex White is to officially open the unit later today.

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