COMMERCIAL: East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust has issued a tender to provide pathology services for its hospital sites.

The proposed contract is for seven years and the trust estimates it to be worth between £15m and £20m. It has set a deadline of 29 May to receive bids.

The tender notice states: “East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, over a phased period is looking to procure through a managed service contract a system which achieves the trust and departmental aims and objectives of a low cost high quality innovative and progressive diagnostic service offering a total overall value for money solution.

“The service is to be provided from two sites, the District General Hospital Eastbourne and the Conquest Hospital Hastings, or other sites as may be directed by the trust.”