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Wednesday 26th October 2016

Leading NHS Trusts in the South West name iPP as preferred bidder for pathology services

24th August 2011

Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have announced that Integrated Pathology Partnerships, (iPP), is their preferred bidder to help them deliver improved pathology services across the county.

The collaboration between the Trusts and iPP, which is in the final stages of completion, will result in a joint venture under which the Trusts and iPP will deliver the full range of laboratory services together whilst the clinical interpretation and clinical advice functions will continue to be provided by the Trusts' medical staff who will remain employed by the NHS.  The partnership is expected to last 20 years.

Plans for a multi-million pound state of the art laboratory in Taunton to house the new pathology service are already underway.  It will be located on a brand new site near the M5 and designed to allow high quality and efficient processing of routine and non-urgent testing.  There will be an essential services laboratory at both Musgrove Park and Yeovil District Hospitals to ensure that all urgent and essential tests remain available on-site.  The current patient referral process for tests will remain unchanged.

Whilst the partnership will initially focus on providing services to both Trusts, which provide healthcare for a population of 500,000 along with over 100 GP practices in the area, the joint venture has been deliberately structured in a way that allows other Trusts in the region to join the collaboration and benefit from investment in the new service and the wide range of innovations and service improvements it will deliver.

Speaking about the project, Jo Cubbon, Chief Executive of Taunton and Somerset NHSFT, and Gavin Boyle, Chief Executive of Yeovil District Hospital NHSFT, said: "This is a good deal for the NHS.  It enables both Yeovil and Musgrove Park Hospitals to benefit from greater investment in pathology which will help our patients for years to come.  We are delighted to have iPP as our preferred bidder."

Geoff Searle, Managing Director, iPP, a joint venture between Sodexo and Labco, said: "iPP is dedicated to enabling UK healthcare organisations to strengthen the quality, delivery and efficiency of pathology services.  We are very excited about this opportunity to enhance and develop pathology services in the region through our partnership with the Trusts.  Our collective vision is to build on what is already an excellent service and enhance this further by the contribution of iPP's investment, expertise and experience."

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