STRUCTURE: University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay FT and Blackpool Teaching Hospitals FT have announced plans to work together to develop pathology services in Cumbria and Lancashire.

The two trusts have agreed to work in partnership, sharing expertise and pooling resources with the aim of improving the quality and efficiency of laboratory medicine.

“It is an opportunity for our hospitals to invest in state-of-the-art equipment and information technology systems to improve the provision of diagnostic laboratory medicine, enhancing the quality of healthcare provided to our patients,” said Dr Adam Patel, clinical lead for pathology at Morecambe Bay.

The two organisations said the plan was still in its early stages but they would be exploring options for the future delivery of pathology services in consultation with commissioners, GPs, clinical users, staff and patients.