New lab system launched with safety, efficiency in mind

James Kon

The Department of Laboratory Services under the Ministry of Health (MoH) is deploying the use of the Total Laboratory Automation System at the National Clinical Chemistry Reference Laboratory, to improve service delivery and efficiency by providing more precise and consistent results, according to the laboratory’s turnaround time.

The new system offers less exposure to patient samples, thus enhances laboratory staff’s safety.

The launch was officiated by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar at the National Clinical Chemistry Reference Laboratory yesterday.

The minister also toured the facilities to witness the operation of the Total Laboratory Automation System.

The system utilises technology – which performs 86 different chemistry tests – including an automated sample delivery track system that delivers an estimated 600 samples of laboratory analytical processes per hour, from start to finish, and a sample storage module that will dispense samples automatically for disposal at a later date.

Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar takes a closer look at the Total Laboratory Automation System at the National Clinical Chemistry Reference Laboratory.
Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji Jaafar tours the facility. PHOTOS: JAMES KON
The system uses technology capable of performing 86 different chemistry tests

The National Clinical Chemistry Reference Laboratory offers a wide range of biochemical tests, analysing electrolytes, enzymes, hormones and proteins in blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid. These services are provided to all medical and health services in Brunei Darussalam.

The laboratory achieved the International Standard ISO 15189 accreditation in 2011, which it has maintained since then.

In 2020, with 17 technical staff, the laboratory received 541,402 blood, urine and cerebrospinal fluid specimens, and completed 3,213,618 laboratory tests.

Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) at the MoH Haji Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin, Acting Director of Laboratory Services Dr Hajah Surita binti Mohd Taib, National Clinical Chemistry Reference Laboratory Division Chief Scientific Officer Dr Ibrahim bin Dato Paduka Seri Haji Abdul Rahman, and Department of Laboratory Services officers and staff were present.