The 2006 and 2008 reviews of NHS Pathology Services by Lord Carter recommended that a ‘Hub and Spoke’ model be adopted in the provision of NHS pathology services to improve efficiency.
Rather than the traditional model of pathology departments based in every hospital, a Hub and Spoke system consists of a central ‘hub’ where routine testing is carried out an a series of supporting smaller ‘spoke’ or ‘hot labs’ on hospital sites to carry out urgent testing work.
The SPS Hub and Spoke Model
SPS has adopted the Hub and Spoke model with a new, state-of-the-art hub laboratory in Taunton and Essential Services Laboratories (ESLs) at Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital. You can read more about the SPS sites here.
Benefits of the Hub and Spoke Model
The Hub and Spoke model provides a number of benefits in conducting pathology testing including:
You can read more about the improvements in SPS turnaround times in the following article; Improvement in laboratory test turnaround times for inpatients following move to hub and spoke model of delivery