NRL and King’s College Hospital London in the UAE partnering to provide patients with local access to world-class laboratory testing services

Published on : 26 August 2018
Location : Abu Dhabi
  • King’s College Hospital London in Dubai (KCH Dubai) is a state-of-the-art 100-bed specialist facility scheduled to open in Q1 2019 at Dubai Hills in Mohammed bin Rashid City
  • National Reference Laboratory (NRL) will provide complete on-site laboratory management solutions at KCH Dubai once operational; and is responsible for overseeing the pre-launch laboratory setup including staffing and equipment ordering and installation
  • Patients attending the three other King’s medical and surgical centers in the UAE—Abu Dhabi, Jumeirah and the newly opened Dubai Marina—will also have access to KCH Dubai’s best-in-class laboratory, in addition to referral testing services at NRL
  • NRL and King’s College Hospital London in the UAE are united in their visions of providing high-quality patient care, reliable and fast laboratory results, evidence-based medical care, innovative healthcare solutions and exceptional patient experience

King’s College Hospital London in the UAE (KCH UAE) and National Reference Laboratory (NRL)—part of Mubadala’s network of world-class healthcare providers and managed by LabCorp, a leading global life sciences company—have signed an exclusive partnership for the provision of comprehensive medical laboratory services by NRL to all King’s College Hospital London in the UAE medical and surgical facilities, including their new state-of-the-art 100-bed specialist facility scheduled to open in Q1 2019 at Dubai Hills and their newly opened medical center at Dubai Marina. NRL’s extensive experience in laboratory planning, installation, operations, oversight and management—in addition to their comprehensive test menu of 4,700+ tests—will ensure all KCH UAE patients in the country have access to world-class laboratory testing services and expertise on their doorstep.

The cornerstone of this new venture is the joint recognition by KCH UAE and NRL of the crucial role that accurate and fast high-quality laboratory results play in positive patient outcomes. Abdul Hamid Oubeisi, Chief Executive Officer of National Reference Laboratory, said: “Our priority in this joint venture is to deliver the finest levels of healthcare to each patient served, starting with high-quality diagnostic tests which inform patient treatment plans and guide patient management. As a renowned laboratory provider in the region, we are pleased to collaborate with a hospital of such internationally distinguished levels of patient standards who shares our values of the provision of reliable and speedy laboratory results, and the use of cutting edge technology.”

Dr. Gowri Ramanathan, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Specialist in Fetal Medicine, and Chief Medical Officer at King’s College Hospital London in the UAE, said “Patient experience is at the heart of what we do at King’s. We are delighted to partner with a laboratory provider that is equally as passionate about placing the patient at the heart of their own work. Our physicians only prescribe when it is necessary and best for the patient, as part of our dedication to King’s evidence-based care approach. In doing so, we require efficient and reliable laboratory results, and by having an on-site laboratory using cutting-edge technology we can ensure that we receive the most accurate and timely information. In turn our patients receive the best possible care.”  

This partnership expands NRL’s network of laboratories in the UAE to a total of eleven, including two NRL-owned referral laboratories and nine on-site hospital or medical center laboratories managed by NRL on behalf of its clients. In addition, NRL offers referral testing to a host of clients nationally and regionally.

“NRL’s laboratory management expertise, coupled with our unparalleled Information Technology infrastructure, logistics and specimen management services, allows us to support KCH UAE as they further expand their footprint in the UAE with three new medical facilities in the UAE since 2014. In addition, we are delighted to complement King’s College Hospital London in the UAE’s range of laboratory services to their patients with our extensive menu of 4,700+ world-class laboratory tests, from time-sensitive routine tests to the most advanced molecular and genetic laboratory investigations. Together, we are working tirelessly to provide patients with best practice testing services alongside the highest quality patient care and customer experience right here in the UAE,” continues Abdul Hamid Oubeisi, Chief Executive Officer of National Reference Laboratory.