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National Pathology Week 2020

National Pathology Week 2020

Date of release: 2 November 2020

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National Pathology Week, which takes place from 2-8 November 2020, is an opportunity to highlight the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare. 

The campaign, hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists, aims to raise public awareness and understanding of how pathologists and scientists diagnose disease and support with identifying the right care needed for each individual patient.

Here at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust, we host the Black Country Pathology Services (BCPS) with its central hub based at New Cross Hospital and essential service laboratories at The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. BCPS serves these Trusts as well as a wider area providing services for local GPs, national specialist testing and working as part of national research studies.

The centre carries out tests such as fertility tests, blood / urine analysis, tests for infection and detecting cancer.

The formation of BCPS is part of a major NHS initiative where pathology services are being reorganised into much larger local pathology network models, in order to deliver the fastest and highest quality of care for patients.

David Loughton, Chief Executive for RWT, said: “Pathology services are an essential part of hospital, community and GP services across every step of a patient’s journey. From screening, through to diagnosis, treatment and follow up surveillance; all using some of the most technologically advanced science and equipment. 

“The COVID-19 pandemic has, and continues, to put considerable pressure on our pathology teams working across the Black Country pathology sites, especially our colleagues in Microbiology who have been tasked with undertaking testing for the virus, alongside the Antibody Testing Service, on top of their usual duties. 

“The teams have had to set up brand new tests, using new technology and new equipment which have never been used before - all in an effort to provide larger numbers of tests. Throughout the spring, summer and autumn months they have been working to bring in new technology that can provide fast and reliable results.

“The whole BCPS service has put in long hours to ensure that we are able to continue quick and accurate testing of our patients, both COVID and otherwise, in the Black Country and beyond.

“This has been an example of fantastic teamwork and the executive team and I thank staff for their continued hard work at this challenging time.”

The service itself consists of many different disciplines and more information will be shared on these areas on the Trust’s social media pages (@RWT_NHS).

Visit The Royal College of Pathologists website for more information about the campaign.

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