Transforming Kent and Medway’s pathology services

NHS hospital trusts are working together to develop a single service for pathology across Kent and Medway.

The review is part of a national programme to create 29 pathology networks, driven by a desire to deliver an improved, sustainable service. The review will lead to the development of a modern and innovative service for Kent and Medway which provides a high-quality pathology service for patients and staff.

The NHS organisations involved in the review are:

  • Dartford and Gravesham NHS Trust
  • East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
  • Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
  • Medway NHS Foundation Trust

The pathology review includes:

  • microbiology
  • blood sciences, including biochemistry, haematology and haemophilia
  • blood transfusion
  • cellular pathology
  • immunology
  • point-of-care testing (POCT)
  • phlebotomy and mortuaries are being considered as part of the outline business case.

The strategic outline case has now been approved by the four trust boards with recommendations for areas to look at in more detail.

The programme is led by a project team including the clinical directors and general managers from each of the current pathology services. The programme board is chaired by Miles Scott, Chief Executive of Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and includes executive representatives from each of the trusts who feed back and take recommendations to their own boards.

We have set-up six working groups including clinical, workforce, operations, IT, finance and patient and public engagement, to feed in to the outline business cases (OBC) for a single IT system and a single managed equipment service. We expect the OBCs to be complete by summer 2020.

Involving and listening to colleagues working in pathology is a key part of the programme. We have a regular staff bulletin, include staff and union representatives in the working groups and hold regular open staff forums in the laboratories.

If you have any questions or want to find out more, please email the project team:

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What are pathology networks?

Further information on the development of pathology networks  from the NHS Improvement website.

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