Citadel Health will reshape connected pathology services across the Birmingham and Solihull area each year after being chosen to implement and operate its innovative laboratory information management system (LIMS) across eight key sites.
The Evolution vLab LIMS will transform pathology services across all sites operated by University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC), providing a fully-managed, multi-site and multi-discipline LIMS supporting the activities of all pathology areas.
University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, treating more than 2.2 million patients each year from a regional, national and international population. UHB employs more than 20,000 members of staff, with more than 2500 beds and 70 operating theatres across the four main hospital sites.
The new LIMS will help align the move towards an Integrated Care System (ICS) across the region, in line with best practice responses seen in systems such as the nationwide NHS Wales move to a fully connected service. It will enable increased testing capacity and efficiency, improve safety and quality outcomes, provide a comprehensive data capture functionality and enhance delivery of complex integrations, improving turnaround times.
The platform will provide unprecedented connectivity across healthcare areas by connecting a host of departments across the sites, including microbiology, cellular pathology, blood transfusion, blood sciences, toxicology and genetics. The solution will integrate with existing capabilities and support the transition of data, services, workflows and functionality to ensure the delivery of safe, timely and high-quality clinical care to all patients.
Citadel Health’s successful tender follows the company’s recent appointments to transform and future-proof pathology networks throughout Lancashire and South Cumbria and across all NHS Wales trusts and NHS Scotland boards.