The NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership combines the pathology services of three London NHS trusts: Barts Health NHS Trust, Homerton Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust.
This partnership, which is hosted by Barts Health, brings together the strengths of each of the three trusts’ pathology services into a single NHS organisation, which will be entirely focused upon the provision of pathology. Its purpose is to provide patients and clinicians with a high-quality, cost-effective service that ensures the long-term sustainability of NHS pathology services in east and south east London and beyond.
The partnership operates laboratories across seven hospital sites: Homerton University Hospital, Newham Hospital, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, The Royal London Hospital, St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, University Hospital Lewisham and Whipps Cross Hospital.
Our service maintains strong links with the Medical School at Queen Mary, University of London as well as various universities teaching healthcare scientists. This ensures we are involved in the latest research and development and have a key role in teaching the healthcare staff of the future.
Tom Butler, clinical lead for the NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership said: “From shared learning and access to the latest testing technologies to professional development opportunities for staff and the resilience of more robust services, this partnership will bring many benefits to local communities and its staff, while keeping pathology testing within the NHS. Our pathology labs do amazing things every day that benefit thousands of patients, and we are excited by the opportunity this partnership offers to do more.”
Andrew Knott, managing director of the NHS East and South East London Pathology Partnership said: “Pathology plays an essential role in approximately 70% of patient pathways. The creation of a shared network for pathology across east and south east London reflects the wider NHS pathology strategy to meet the changing needs of patients and to be able to take full advantage of new diagnostic tests and techniques as they emerge.”
By December 2023, all laboratories will operate as a single network, on a single, shared laboratory information management system.