Date of release: Monday 29th September, 2014
Wolverhampton’s pathology laboratory team has scooped a major national accolade at the Health Service Journal (HSJ) Value in Healthcare Awards.
The laboratory was named winner in the Value and Improvement in Pathology Services category at the awards ceremony held at the Grosvenor House, London, on September 23.
The laboratory, which moved into a new facility in Spring 2013, caught the eye of a panel of senior and influential HSJ Awards judges for boosting efficiency and saving hundreds of thousands of pounds a year.
Members of the pathology laboratory team were at the ceremony in London to accept the award – beating off stiff competition from eight other shortlisted organisations.
Trust Pathology services Manager Graham Danks said: “This award is recognition of all the hard work put in by all members of the team over the four to five years prior to the move into the new facility. This groundwork has been essential to the success of the project.
“We have gratefully accepted this award on their behalf.”
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, Alastair McLellan, HSJ Editor, said:“The shortlisted entrants here tonight have demonstrated enormous courage by successfully pursing their goals in such a testing environment.
“You have demonstrated how it is possible to drive both quality and efficiency to deliver greater value.
“The NHS has experienced probably its most difficult period in two decades and the strains are beginning to tell. The fact that it is still standing is – in large part – down to the efforts of those we celebrate tonight.”
The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s £16 million path lab is a single integrated department, which has increased capacity through the use of the very latest lean technology.
To date the team has improved service quality while reducing costs by more than £950,000.
Innovations include using barcode tracking, allowing GPs to trace the progress of samples; revamped internal and external logistics allowing early patient discharge or diagnosis and involving improvements in transport services of samples.
Detailed modelling exercises has also ensured the very latest equipment was bought, meeting the needs of the laboratory for at least seven years.
The Trust provides testing for the Black Country Chlamydia screening and in June 2013 merged Cytology screening services for Dudley, Walsall, Sandwell and Wolverhampton into one department within the new pathology building.
For further information please contact Graham Danks, telephone 01902 307999.