First placement of the APAS® Independence in a UK lab.

APAS® Independence installed at state-of-the-art Health Services Laboratory in London.

19 July 2020

An APAS® Independence has been installed and commissioned at the Health Services Laboratory, a state-of-the-art facility located within the Halo building, part of London’s life sciences hub, Medcity. The laboratory is a clinically led provider of pathology and diagnostic services, with the purpose of delivering innovation and value to healthcare. Set up as a partnership between The Doctors Laboratory (a subsidiary of Sonic Healthcare), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, the laboratory combines academic excellence with industry leading workflow efficiency.

Health Services Laboratory will undergo a clinical evaluation of the APAS® technology to assess the utility of the instrument and its potential for integration as part of their automated culture plate workflow. The APAS® Independence will be installed alongside the lab’s existing automation solutions, using the MRSA analysis module to identify negative culture plates as part of their antimicrobial resistance surveillance program. Following initial training, the evaluation is expected to be conducted over a 3-month period.
Installation of the APAS® instrument was completed by Clever Culture Systems’ recently appointed Service Provider, oneservice. The company worked closely with both the oneservice and Health Services Laboratory teams to support the installation and conduct instrument training remotely. The process was completed successfully, with the APAS® Independence fully operational within 2 days, demonstrating the ease with which the APAS® Independence can be installed and commissioned within new labs and this will provide a blueprint to follow for future customer evaluations.

Health Services Laboratory’s Head of Department, Infection Sciences, Alan Spratt said “we are extremely excited to be the first in the UK to trial the APAS® Independence. The application of assisted intelligence in a high-volume lab like ours has the potential to streamline laboratory workflows bringing benefits to staff, quality, turnaround times and consequentially patient outcomes.”

Clever Culture Systems General Manager, Peter Bradley, said “it was particularly pleasing to see the teams work closely together to complete the remote installation of the APAS® instrument. This reflects the simple modular design of the technology and demonstrates how Clever Culture Systems can continue to engage with customers whilst COVID-19 travel restrictions remain in place.”