31 Jul, 2014

UCLH (University College London Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), the Royal Free (Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust) and TDL (The Doctors Laboratory) have (this week) signed contracts to form a partnership – Health Services Laboratories LLP – to provide state-of-the-art pathology and analytics services to the NHS (National Health Service).

David Byrne, Chief executive of The Doctors Laboratory and Health Services Laboratories, said:

” This is a ground breaking partnership, bringing together The Doctors Laboratory’s experience in large scale clinical laboratory operations with the NHS Trusts’ excellent environments for clinical care and teaching as well as research and development in diagnostics and our shared commitment to patients. Our intention is to develop a world-leading laboratory that delivers an unrivalled service to our patients and substantial efficiencies for the NHS.”

Health Services Laboratories is delighted to announce that Lord Carter of Coles will be its first chairman. In addition to a successful career in business Lord Carter has advised the government on a wide range of issues, including the pathology sector. The partnership will use the efficient hub and spoke system, recommended by his influential review of pathology services in 2008, to create a clinically-led organisation always aiming to maintain the highest quality standards and deliver substantial efficiencies to the NHS through leading edge technology, adoption of best working practices, investment in infrastructure and IT, and economies of scale.

Sir Robert Naylor, UCLH chief executive, said:

“This new venture aims to deliver on the vision for pathology services outlined by Lord Carter in his seminal report. We have never been frightened about teaming up with the private sector when we know we can deliver savings for the NHS and – most importantly – better outcomes for patients. This is a model that is likely to be used more frequently in the NHS in the future.”

Sir David Sloman, chief executive of the Royal Free said:

“We aim to retain, recruit, motivate and develop the highest quality workforce by offering an excellent working environment and opportunities for personal and professional development. It will also ensure all parties are best equipped to maximise research and educational opportunities ensuring the service stays at the forefront of patient care.”

UCLH was the first NHS trust to develop a significant commercial relationship with an independent pathology company – The Doctors Laboratory – more than 10 years ago. This partnership has been extremely successful using the latest technology, combining volumes and saving tax payers’ money due to shared costs.

Health Services Laboratories is expected to go live later this year once a number of regulatory issues have been completed, and has been awarded a ten year contract to provide pathology services for UCLH and the Royal Free.


For more information please contact Sarah Wrixon, Salix & Co, on 020 8675 4779 or press phone: 07725 555030 or via

HSL is a partnership between The Doctors Laboratory, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust (the Royal Free London) and University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH)

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