Consolidation Lessons Learned
How three pathology services became one – and the bumps we encountered along the way
Simon Brewer | | Opinion
South West London Pathology was established in 2014 to provide a single integrated pathology service for southwest London. Its founder trusts – St. George’s University Hospitals, Kingston Hospital, and Croydon Health Services – could see immediately that three separate pathology services were not sustainable or affordable in the long run. In response to Lord Carter’s report on pathology in 2008 (1), the National Health Service (NHS) in London had called for the creation of five pathology clusters in the capital – and South West London pushed ahead. Why? Because the chief executives at the time could see they were all facing the same issues: difficulties with recruitment, staffing, and training, and a decreasing cost base that made it difficult to invest in new equipment or technology.
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