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Update on future provision of pathology services at West Hertfordshire Hospitals NHS Trust

Posted: 4 April 2019

Picture of the Trust's hospital sitesThe trust has approved business cases to change the way we provide pathology services because of a national requirement for NHS trusts to work with other providers to improve efficiency.

We currently run services across two sites which is not ideal. Additionally, our options for the redevelopment of Watford General Hospital mean that we will be developing the space currently occupied by pathology services.

The trust is one of a number of NHS organisations across the Hertfordshire and west Essex STP (sustainability and transformation partnership) which has agreed to outsource pathology services together. An STP-wide procurement exercise is taking place to find a provider of pathology services.

Patients will not experience any difference to how they access our services or in the way that their tests are arranged or processed.