Cost Effective and Secure Archive Management Solution
First introduced in 2003, CellNass is an innovative archive management service delivered by CellPath Ltd, aimed at the needs of those within Cellular Pathology.
The majority of NHS hospitals in the UK are now using CellNass. This has made us the market-leader for Cellular Pathology archive management and the go-to company for those seeking to transfer materials to an off-site secure facility.
Simon Wheatley, CellNass Operations Manager - 1 year on
Congratulations on completing your first year- safe to say it’s not quite what you expected.
How have you found your first year the role?
Well, thanks to the pandemic it’s been different to what we all expected but I’ve still enjoyed it. Most of my first year has been spent under pandemic conditions so I’m now used to working this way.
How has the pandemic affected your day to day work?
We had a brief slow spell at the start of the pandemic back in March when hospitals decided to stop uplifts temporarily to minimise numbers on site. This meant a few of our team members were furloughed but as soon as work picked up again we were able to bring them all back. Across the company, we’ve been able to avoid making anyone redundant which is brilliant. The lull also gave us a chance to source PPE and ensure our operations here were as safe as possible.
We’re now back to offering our full service and remain flexible to our customer's needs. We have additional PPE for all employees travelling on uplifts and are keeping our hardworking team based permanently in Newtown safe.
One change we’ve made that has really helped us during the pandemic is sending out a questionnaire before we visit a site. This means we know about access to the site and any new restrictions due to Covid ahead of time.
What can we look forward to in the future of CellNass?
Getting warehouse 4 up and running! The new building is mostly up so we’re excited to get in and work in there.
In our last Your Space issue, we told you about our exciting plans to develop a fourth archiving facility. With the building having commenced, we would like to take you for a virtual look inside the warehouse so we can tell you a little more about the innovations we will use to manage the archive.
Paul Webber tells us more:
“Having now broken ground on the project using local contractors, I can talk to you a bit more about Autostore, a state-of-the-art robotic storage system which will be fitted inside the new building. Autostore provides high-density storage giving us more capacity and is hyper-secure because you can’t access it without a robot. It is efficient for picking and can preload recalled specimens onto the picking system. This means if we know what recalls are coming along it will line them up and pick them up automatically with an operator supervising. The eventual vision is that this hardware can be linked into the CellTrak software so when a customer is recalling material from the Autostore matrix then the robot can start picking and preparing it. This will save us having to go to the material and instead will see the material brought to us. The current process can be quite intensive in terms of labour and logistics and collecting material, this new system would mean we will be working more efficiently. The Autostore system is modular so it is very flexible and adaptable to whatever space we have. We can even choose to fit one portion of the warehouse with the system, to begin with, and then expand our installation as more material is collected. We have worked out that when the warehouse is completely fitted out with Autostore we can archive over 130 million additional blocks on top of our existing capacity. Most importantly, the new system will integrate well with the CellNass team. In the same building, we will also be having a new staff canteen for our whole workforce as well as additional office space. Once again, we would like to thank our customers for their continued support, and we look forward to inviting you to visit us!”