RAH To Have Largest Fully Automated Microbiology Lab In Southern Hemisphere

RAH To Have Largest Fully Automated Microbiology Lab In Southern Hemisphere

South Australia Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas

Automated Lab Goes Live At The RAH

Victor P Taffa

Largest fully automated microbiology laboratory in the Southern Hemisphere, located at the Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH), has been labelled a game changer in the detection and treatment of bacteria and infectious disease.

“Royal Adelaide Hospital is the most technologically advanced hospital in the southern hemisphere, providing world-class and modern healthcare to South Australians.” Minister for Health Peter Malinauskas said.

“Automated laboratory ensures our patients get accurate results, faster than ever before, helping them receive the proper treatment sooner and ultimately spend less time in hospital.”

$4 Million BD Kiestra Total Lab Automation (TLA) will help the new hospital to fully automate the processing of specimens, including blood, urine and wound swabs.

System is believed to speed up results by 40 % and improve efficiency and accuracy in the lab, where more than 400,000 patient samples are incubated each year.

“Our staffs are excited to have access to this world-best practice technology, to provide a high quality and timely diagnostic service for South Australian patients and clinicians well into the future.” SA Pathology laboratory manager Rachael McKinnon said.

“This truly is a game-changer for microbiology, and a perfect example of how technology can improve outcomes for patients and clinicians alike.”


BD Kiestra TLA system automates many of the manual tasks that were previously performed by scientists and technicians in the Bacteriology laboratory.

System is a major part of SA Pathology’s new laboratory infrastructure at the RAH and is the only track of this type in South Australia.

Culture results for many specimens that previously took 24 hours to process will be available in 14, while thanks to high definition imaging, some serious bacterial infections can be read from the agar plates after 3 to 4 hours rather than waiting up to 18 hours for results.