Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the first trusts to adopt outsourcer CSC’s next-generation laboratory system, under a project to overhaul cellular pathology services.

Under a three-year contract CSC’s healthcare group will replace a Radius system for cellular pathology with its own laboratory solution.

The agreement will immediately allow doctors to request cellular pathology tests and view all results online.

The deal will support a new organisation in Lewisham formed by the merger of acute and community services. The move supports efficient pathology services across the 450-bed University Hospital Lewisham and 10 community health centres.

As an early adopter, Lewisham will use current next generation modules for cellular pathology and mortuary services, plus tools for vital cancer registry reporting.

“Following this implementation we will be better placed to support the cellular pathology services now being offered across the trust in a more effective and efficient manner,” said Alex Singer, Lewisham’s pathology manager.

Singer said having a system that was easy to maintain and customise was vital. "It also allows us to develop and test new interfaces without impacting the core system or existing users and migrate gradually to CSC’s next-generation solution,” he said.

Lewisham Healthcare NHS Trust was formed in August 2010 after the merger of Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust and NHS Lewisham, and is one of the first trusts to integrate acute and community services under one organisation.

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