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14 November 2011

Quest Diagnostics to provide cytology services at the Coombe

Pictured from left to right are Robert Quinn and Karen Myrent of Quest Diagnostics, Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick, Master, CWIUH and Professor John O'Leary, Director of Pathology, CWIUH.

The Coombe Women and Infants University Hospital (CWIUH) today announced that Quest Diagnostics will be providing cytology services at the CWIUH in the context of the development of a National Cervical Cytology Training Centre at the hospital.

The national centre will provide dedicated training for pathology SpRs and also for colposcopists and medical scientists. The subcontract allows for a casemix of 30,000 cervical smears under the successful CervicalCheck programme to the national training centre. These are likely to be from Colposcopy Clinics in the CWIUH and AMNCH/Tallaght Hospital, GynaeOncology smears from St James's Hospital and primary screening smears.


Worldwide Quest Diagnostics is the leading provider of diagnostic testing and has been participating in Irish healthcare initiatives since 2006. It has played a pivotal role in the CervicalCheck programme and between Sept 1, 2008 and August 31, 2010 more than 500,000 women have been provided with a free smear test and results within a quick turnaround time.


Dr. Chris Fitzpatrick, Master of the CWIUH, said: “we are very pleased to be able to make this important announcement. Our engagement with Quest Diagnostics will ensure that dedicated training continues to be provided in Ireland to pathology SpRs and also for colposcopists and medical scientists which is very welcome news.


“This innovative enterprise is supported by the HSE, the National Cancer Screening Service, the State Claims Agency and the Faculty of Pathology of the Royal College of Physicians Ireland (RCPI),” said Dr. Fitzpatrick.


Mr. Robert Quinn, Director, Quest Diagnostics Ireland, commented: “we at Quest are delighted to be partnering with the prestigious CWIUH in providing cytology services here in Ireland. We are very pleased that laboratory services in this vital area will continue to be provided here and that cytology training for Irish medical personnel is now assured.


“Quest Diagnostics is delighted to be combining its world-class procedures, resources and experience with that of Dr. Fitzpatrick, Professor John O’Leary and his outstanding team at CWIUH.  This is an important development in our strategy of providing world-class medical care to the people of Ireland. Every day our focus is on improved patient care. Working with CWIUH will enable us to continue to fulfill that commitment. “ 


Cytology services in the CWIUH and Colposcopy services in the CWIUH and AMNCH/Tallaght Hospital are strategically aligned with GynaeOncology Services in St James's Hospital in terms of dedicated clinical care pathways for patients and multidisciplinary quality assurance.


The Molecular Medical Research Laboratory in the CWIUH has an international reputation for cervical pre-cancer and cancer research and provides very important research synergies for both clinicians and medical scientists in this field.  

Last month, the Minister for Health, Dr. James Reilly TD., opened a new state-of-the-art Colposcopy Unit in the CWIUH. The improvement of Irish colposcopy services has been a key priority for CervicalCheck – The National Cervical Screening Programme and the unit, which was jointly funded by the CWIUH and the National Cancer Screening Service, will ensure that women with a screen-detected abnormality are provided with optimum care.

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