Future of path labs at West Suffolk Hospital secured

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Pathology laboratory services at West Suffolk Hospital have been secured after seven hospitals joined forces.

There were fears the Bury St Edmunds hospital would lose its laboratories when NHS East of England proposed having two path lab hubs.

But yesterday a spokesman for West Suffolk Hospital said: “In 2011, NHS East of England began a competitive tendering process for the region’s GP pathology services. In response to this, we joined with six other trusts to create a consortium called the ‘transforming pathology partnership’ (TPP).

“TPP is due to launch in October, and aims to provide efficient, cost-effective pathology services for the region’s acute hospitals and within the community.

“To deliver the new service, two centralised hubs will be set up at Addenbrooke’s and Ipswich Hospitals for non-urgent tests and GP work, while each trust will retain their own laboratories to carry out urgent work or investigations for hospital patients. This means that West Suffolk Hospital will continue to have an on-site service and patients will not notice any change to the service they receive.

“Consultations with staff and the unions about the proposed new ways of working are due to begin this week.”