COMMERCIAL: Integrated Pathology Partnerships has been announced as the preferred bidder for a new pathology service for two south west acute trusts.

Taunton and Somerset Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust are working together to develop a hub and spoke style pathology service with a brand new multi million pound laboratory near the M5 motorway in Taunton for routine and non-urgent testing and smaller laboratories for essential services and the trusts’ two hospitals.

Under the joint venture, IPP will deliver the full range of laboratory services together while the clinical interpretation and clinical advice functions will continue to be provided by the Trusts’ medical staff who will remain employed by the NHS. The partnership is expected to last 20 years.

IPP is a partnership between Labco, a European clinical diagnostics company, and Sodexo, a global provider of outsourced solutions for healthcare.

An IPP press release stated: “Whilst the partnership will initially focus on providing services to both trusts, which provide healthcare for a population of 500,000 along with over 100 GP practices in the area, the joint venture has been deliberately structured in a way that allows other trusts in the region to join the collaboration and benefit from investment in the new service and the wide range of innovations and service improvements it will deliver.”

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