This page details plans to join-up pathology services across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (CHFT), The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust (MYHT) and The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust (LTHT). 

What are we trying to achieve?

In 2019 the WYAAT Trust Boards approved the Pathology Network Strategy. Key recommendations from the strategy included:

  • Consolidating routine and direct access testing from fewer sites
  • Establishing Acute Hospital Laboratories (AHLs) at all hospital sites
  • Creating a new Pathology Partnership between CHFT, MYHT and LTHT

Why are we doing this?

Creating a new pathology partnership from our current service configuration will be complex, however we are expecting there to be benefits to this change including:

1. A workforce that is sustainable for the future and offers greater opportunities for career development

2. Improved experiences for staff, clinicians and patients

  • Better working environments for staff and greater support through the network
  • Quicker turnaround times for tests, standardised results and a wider clinical network
  • Patients receive the same quality and access to tests

3. Consistency in pathology testing to reduce variation and ensure all labs provide the same high quality accredited service

4. To create a more sustainable and resilient pathology service which can cope with increased demand and be flexible in times of pressure.

What are the next steps?

We are re-visiting the principles developed in the 2019 Strategy to check this is still the right approach. The changes proposed back then were:

  • All acute hospitals retain an AHL onsite
  • Blood sciences to be carried out at two hubs (PGH and SJUH)
  • Microbiology to be delivered from one hub (New laboratory at SJUH)

A set of ‘Task and Finish’ Groups made up of representatives from each service and speciality will re-visit the strategy and explore all options for bringing our services together.

These groups will work through the details of how we should adapt so that we make positive changes and deliver real benefits. If you are interested in being involved in these discussions please let your manager know.

When might things start to change?

At the moment we do not have a final agreed set of dates however we are working on agreeing the future service model by the end of this summer.

Before any changes are agreed we will give you the opportunity to have your say. We have drafted some key questions that we think will be important to our staff and that we will be considering throughout this process. Please have a look at these questions and let us know if there is something we have missed. You can read this document here. 

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