Southwest Pathology Services (SPS) was formed in 2012, and is a joint venture between Taunton and Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and private sector partners – Integrated Pathology Partnerships (iPP). SPS delivers full laboratory services to a population of 500,000 patients and over 100 GP practices in Somerset.

SPS brings together the skills and experience of its partners and their parent companies to strengthen the quality, delivery and efficiency of pathology services, providing:

  • fully accredited, modern, refurbished, central laboratories.
  • new, state of the art equipment;
  • optimised layouts that ensure the most efficient use of time and resources;
  • industry tested, robust IT systems that are fully integrated and utilised between laboratories and referral sites; and
  • deployment of international best working practices that deliver efficiency savings
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latest news and updates

Synlab complete acquisition of Synergy Health Laboratory Services
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UK Launch of the neoBona test in London
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Synlab Outbreak Service (SOS) provides support for TB testing in…
With the Synlab Outbreak Service (SOS) they provide an end-to-end service for the detection of Latent Tuberculosis (LTBI). Synlab go into the schools to collect…
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Royal Opening of the Pathology First Laboratory in Basildon
On the 2nd February 2016, HRH The Duke of Kent opened the Pathology First laboratory, marking an important first step towards realising the vision of…
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Put a Pathology Review on your to-do List for 2016
Dr Stuart Quin, CEO of iPP, outlines the benefits of transforming pathology services, including cost savings, quality improvements and improved testing turnaround times. The full…
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Duke of Kent to open Pathology First laboratory in Basildon
It has been announced that the Duke of Kent will open a new state-of-the-art Pathology First laboratory in Basildon on the 2nd February.  The Queen’s…
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Health Investor Magazine: Achievements of SPS
An article in Health Investor Magazine in December 2015 spoke to Yeovil District Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chief Executive Paul Mears about the benefits of…
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Cinven Completes Acquisition of Synlab
Cinven has today completed the acquisition of synlab, one of the largest European operators of medical diagnostic laboratories, headquartered in Germany. This follows the completion…
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Labco and Synlab – Senior Announcements
The European clinical diagnostics businesses, Labco and synlab, today announced that Dr. Bartl Wimmer will be appointed as Group Chief Executive and Philippe Charrier as…
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Improvements in Laboratory Test Turnaround Times at SPS
An article in the Practical Laboratory Medicine journal, looked at the improvements made at SPS due to the move to a hub and spoke model. …
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Labco Announces Investment by European Private Equity Firm Cinven
Cinven cites strength of business and growth drivers in the Medical Diagnostic Market as key reasons for investment Labco today announces that Cinven, a leading…
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Separation of Urgent and Non-Urgent Testing Processes at SPS
SPS has been able to closely monitor the transformation of pathology services from a single site at each hospital to a state-of-the-art ‘hub’ laboratory in…
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The Christie Enters Pathology Partnership with Private Sector 
The Christie NHS Foundation Trust has entered a partnership with Synlab UK to provide pathology services at the cancer specialist trust. It is hoped that…
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Multimillion-Pound Pathology Facility Opens in Taunton
The new state of the art hub laboratory was opened by Lord Carter and Taunton MP Jeremy Browne in May 2013.  SPS is a joint…
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