Trusts agree deal on pathology services

Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust has agreed St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust will provide pathology services to the organisation from 1st October 2014.

The proposal was approved by Monitor, the NHS choice and competition regulator, in August.

Medical Director Mr Rob Gillies said: “We have been working towards providing pathology services in collaboration with another organisation for more than three years.

“The merger will enhance the pathology service at both organisations, making the most of specialist clinical interests and expertise, and allow more opportunities for professional development.

“With experts and key professionals working together, we will be able to deliver a safer, more productive service for patients without any job losses.”

The combined service will process more than 2.5 million pathology samples each year. They will be delivered from laboratories at Whiston, Ormskirk and Southport hospitals.

Mr Gillies added: “My sincere thanks go to all our staff for their continued professionalism and dedication to patient care throughout this process.”

Most of the 129 Trust staff will continue to work out of the Ormskirk and Southport hospital laboratories initially but between a third and a half of them will provide the service from Whiston by 2016.

Picture above shows Richard Fraser, chair of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, signing the pathology service agreement with Trust chair Sir Ron Watson CBE and Dr Paul Mansour, Trust Deputy Medical Director

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