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New pathology archive opens for hospitals.

A UNIQUE cellular pathology archive for hospitals across England and Wales has been officially launched.

The new Cellular Pathology National Archive Secure Storage system (CellNass) is designed for hospitals running out of storage space for microscope slides, clinical trial documents and other material requiring secure and confidential storage and safe retrieval.

An average pathology department at a large hospital needs to store about 1.4m microscope slides, and shortage of storage space is a problem.

Demand for the new service from across England and Wales was so high that existing storage capacity with CellPath, the Powys medical supplies company which developed the system, was quickly filled.

CellPath responded by building 3,000 cubic metres more storage next to its headquarters on Mochdre Enterprise Park, Newtown.

The centre, built with the help of grants from the Assembly Government, uses the latest database technology and security systems to ensure that archived material is fully protected and easily retrieved. It is equipped with CCTV intruder monitoring, an automatic fire extinguishing system, security fencing and access control.

It forms part of a pounds 3.5m investment programme planned by the company, which employs 40 people.

Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones, who opened the new archive yesterday, said: "Thanks to its thorough understanding of its customers' needs, CellPath has been able to create a unique and extremely valuable service for the UK health sector."

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Pictured at CellPath Newtown, are, from left, Paul Webber; Deputy First Minister Ieuan Wyn Jones; Peter Webber and Philip Webber Picture: KEITH FREEBURN
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Title Annotation:Business
Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Sep 4, 2008
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