Pathology lab at Stamford Hospital will close

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THE PATHOLOGY lab at Stamford Hospital will close, with services moving to Peterborough City Hospital.

The Peterborough and Stamford Hospitals Trust revealed today (Monday) that the transfer will take place by August 31, with the service starting up in Peterborough in September.

The trust insists patients will see no change in the services they receive. The closure follows the unveiling of a long-term strategy for Stamford Hospital, with outpatient clinics set to expand with more treatment options and the minor injuries unit to become be nurse-led.

Interim chief executive Peter Reading, said: “A final decision on the transfer of the service was delayed until the main elements of the proposed clinical strategy for Stamford Hospital were finalised.

“We are confident that the provision of this service at Peterborough is consistent with future clinical services at Stamford Hospital.

“The transfer means we will continue to provide high quality, cost effective services our patients and GPs.”

The trust said there would be no compulsory redundancies from the Stamford laboratory but eight members of staff have been placed “at risk” and are considering their options, including transferring to Peterborough City Hospital or taking other roles at Stamford Hospital.

In Stamford, point-of-care technology will be used to provide instant blood test results where required.

The trust said the technology will provide good quality results within minutes and will be used in clinics such as haematology.

The results service to GPs and patients will be maintained at the same level. Turnaround times will also see little change, with the Peterborough City Hospital’s laboratory producing high quality results for GPs and hospital staff to view electronically.

The phlebotomy, or blood-taking, service will continue as normal at Stamford Hospital.