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Right Arrow Trusts agree deal on pathology services
19 September 2014 at 10:28
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 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

Issued by Tony Ellis, marketing and communications manager
Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust

Telephone 01704 704494
Twitter @SONHSTrust

Notes for editors

1. Southport and Ormskirk Hospital NHS Trust manages Southport and Formby District General Hospital and Ormskirk and District General Hospital, and is responsible for many community healthcare services for adults in Southport, Formby and West Lancashire. We also provide sexual health services across Sefton and West Lancashire. The Trust has a budget of £186m and employs 3,600 staff. In 2013/14, we saw 248,102 outpatients; treated 61,096 inpatients; made 305,750 community care contacts outside hospital; supported the birth of 2,766 babies; and attended to 95,146 urgent care cases.