The 2015 Lord Carter report recommends that significant savings can be achieved by the NHS if pathology services are delivered through shared regional hubs. Many of the 44 Strategic Transformation Plans now propose a regional approach to improve performance and reduce costs.

This case study looks at the project that South of Tyne Pathology undertook with Galliford Try to bring general pathology services from three trusts into a single automated facility after the recommendations were first made by Lord Carter in 2009.

Galliford Try and Ryder Architecture were appointed through the ProCure21+ Framework to transform a disused existing 1970s bespoke laundry building. By fully refurbishing the existing double height laundry hall we provided a state-of-the-art, open planned, automated laboratory which was overlooked by a mezzanine level which housed a management and administration suite.