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Transforming pathology services across Lancashire and South Cumbria

28th October 2020

We have an exciting opportunity to transform pathology services working in partnership with four NHS acute trusts to ensure that our pathology services remains at the forefront of diagnostics to the benefit of all staff, clinicians, GPs and patients.

The Lancashire and South Cumbria Pathology Collaboration is developing models for pathology services. One of the models includes a new Pathology Hub, however it is important that each hospital site will continue to have emergency pathology services within the hospital site. 

A robust and transparent process was put in place for choosing a location for a Pathology Hub, in the case that this is the chosen model. Leyland, near Centurion Way, has been endorsed as the preferred clinical option. A Pathology Hub will provide a purpose-built environment bringing together highly qualified clinical and scientific staff from across the network who will drive adoption of new technology, maximise future investment and increase our ability to continue providing a high quality pathology service.

Mark Hindle, Managing Director for the pathology collaboration across Lancashire and South Cumbria, said:

“Transforming pathology services across Lancashire and South Cumbria is an exciting opportunity for our area working in partnership with NHS Trusts to ensure that our pathology services remains at the forefront of diagnostics to the benefit of all staff, clinicians and patients.

The collaboration are developing models for pathology services and one of these is to develop a new Pathology Hub, however it is important that each hospital site will continue to have emergency pathology services within the hospital site.”

The next steps are for this to form part of the Outline Business Case that will require endorsement by March 2021 from all four Trust Boards prior to submission to NHS England and NHS Improvement. We will continue to involve staff and keep partners and stakeholders informed as this exciting project develops.