STRUCTURE: Sherwood Hospitals FT has extended out-of-hours working at its pathology service in a bid to speed up diagnoses and treatment for patients.

The change means health professionals can now request and access tests out-of-hours and at the weekend at the trust’s King’s Mill Hospital.

Previously only urgent diagnostic tests were carried out at these times.

“The pathology department now provides routine working from 7am until 11pm, seven days a week, with an on-call service out of these hours,” said pathology services manager Annette Davis-Green.

“This system change is proving very helpful in giving clinicians access to test results when they need them, helping patients get better sooner.”