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Major UK contracts for LIMS since 1997 (Page last updated October, 2012)

We would be pleased to publicise news of confirmed contracts for clinical laboratory information systems in the UK, but our information is only as good as that given to us, so, labs and suppliers alike, do please give us news of your contracts via email (Webmaster), telephone, fax or letter (see our Home & contacts page):

Supplier Site details
iSOFT i.Laboratory (APEX) Aberdeen Royal Hospitals NHS Trust
East Cheshire NHS Trust (Macclesfield)
Freeman Group of Hospitals NHS Trust (Newcastle upon Tyne)
Leicester General Hospital NHS Trust
Glenfield Hospital NHS Trust (Leicester)
Leicester Royal Infirmary NHS Trust
Western General Hospitals NHS Trust (Edinburgh)
Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh NHS Trust
Pinderfields (Wakefield) & Pontefract Hospitals NHS Trust
James Paget Hospital NHS Trust (Great Yarmouth)
West Suffolk Hospitals NHS Trust (Bury St Edmunds)
Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Royal Hospital NHS Trust
The London Clinic (Private)
North Middlesex Hospital NHS Trust
Surrey & Sussex healthcare NHS Trust (Crawley & Redhill)

PathLinks (Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Boston, Lincoln and Grantham)
Calderdale & Huddersfield Hospitals NHS Trust (Halifax and Huddersfield) -> moved from TP2000 & TP1
iSOFT TelePath 2000
(formerly CDS)
Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Trust -> now TP1
Poole Hospital NHS Trust -> now TP1
The Lewisham Hospital NHS Trust
Southmead Health Services NHS Trust (Bristol) -> part of Avon Consortium - now Triple G
The Royal West Sussex Trust (Chichester)
Pilgrim Health NHS Trust (Boston) -> Apex as part of PathLinks
Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Trust
Southern General Hospital NHS Trust (Glasgow)
Inverclyde Royal NHS Trust
Frimley Park Hospitals NHS Trust (Camberley) -> out to OJEC Feb 2003
Mid-Sussex NHS Trust (Haywards Heath) -> part of Brighton and Sussex UHNT - now Sysmed
Huddersfield NHS Trust -> Apex (see above)
Sheffield Children's Hospital NHS Trust
Northern General Hospital NHS Trust (Sheffield)
North Ayrshire & Arran NHS Trust (Kilmarnock)
Haslar Military Hospital (MoD)
University Hospital of Wales Healthcare NHS Trust (Cardiff)
Essex Rivers Healthcare NHS Trust (Colchester)
Birmingham City Healthcare NHS Trust

United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust  -> rolling out i.Laboratory TP (old TelePath software)
& Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust & St James & Seacroft University Hospital NHS Trust
Bayer LMX now Technidata UK Redbridge Health Care NHS Trust
The Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust
Law Hospital NHS Trust
The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (Harlow)
States of Guernsey (St Martin's, Guernsey)
Forest Healthcare NHS Trust (Whipps Cross)
Christie Hospital NHS Trust (Manchester) - Not Histo/Cyto
Morecambe Bay
The Royal Marsden Hospital
Torex LabCentre
(BCS Masterlab)

anticipated acquisition by CliniSys in early 2005

Scunthorpe & Goole Hospitals NHS Trust
Christie Hospital NHS Trust - just Histo/Cyto
East Somerset NHS Trust (Yeovil)
Southampton University Hospitals NHS Trust
Harrogate Health Care NHS Trust
Frenchay Healthcare NHS Trust (Bristol)
West Cumbria Health Care NHS Trust (Whitehaven)
South Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (Torquay)
Oxford Radcliffe Hospital NHS Trust
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust (Barnstaple)
Dundee Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Bishop Auckland Hospitals NHS Trust
Darlington Memorial Hospital NHS Trust
Royal Group of Hospitals & Dental Hospital Health & Social Services Trust (Belfast)
Royal Hull Hospitals NHS Trust
West Lothian NHS Trust (Livingston)
Southend Health Care NHS Trust - just Histo/Cyto
Noble's Hospital, Isle of Man DHSS
BUPA Hospitals (19)
The Ipswich Hospitals NHS Trust
Orkney & Shetland Health Board
Heatherwood & Wexham Park Hospitals NHS Trust
Taunton & Somerset NHS Trust
Swansea NHS Trust
Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust
Cerner HNA Millennium PathNet   North West Hospitals NHS Trust (London)
Détente Omnilab Doncaster Hospitals NHS Trust
Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children (London)
The States of Jersey Hospitals
Quest Diagnostics Limited (Private)
North Tees Health NHS Trust and Hartlepool & Peterlee Hospitals NHS Trust
Sunquest (formerly Misys) Norfolk & Norwich NHS Trust
Central Manchester Healthcare Trust
University College London Hospital NHS Trust
Preston Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
Barnsley District General Hospital NHS Trust
West London Pathology Consortium (Hammersmith, Charing Cross, Chelsea & Westminster, St Mary's Hospitals)
United Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Bradford Hospitals NHS Trust
United Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Sysmex MOLIS Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust (partial)
The Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery (Liverpool)
Central Public Health Laboratory (London)
Warrington Hospital NHS Trust
Triple G   Wirral Hospitals NHS Trust
University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust
Avon Pathology Consortium (Royal United Hospital Bath NHS Trust, the United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust and the North Bristol NHS Trust)


Previously known as Sysmed and before that, WWA

Llanelli/Dinefwr NHS Trust
The Homerton Hospital NHS Trust - part of East London Consortium
Kingston Hospital NHS Trust
Richmond Twickenham & Roehampton Healthcare NHS Trust
North Hampshire Hospitals NHS Trust (Basingstoke)
Royal Brompton Hospital (London)
The Royal Marsden NHS Trust
Winchester & Eastleigh Healthcare NHS Trust
Swindon & Marlborough Hospital NHS Trust
Newham Healthcare NHS Trust - part of East London Consortium
Aintree Hospitals NHS Trust (Fazakerley)
Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust (Booth Hall) (partial)
Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust (London)
Southend Health Care NHS Trust - Not Histo/Cyto
N & E Herts NHS Trust (Stevenage and Welwyn)
West Middlesex University Hospital Trust
Ealing Hospital NHS Trust
Mid-Essex Hospitals NHS Trust (Broomfield, Chelmsford)
Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust and Papworth Hospital NHS Trust
Nottingham Group of Trusts (University Hospital NHS Trust, Nottingham City Hospital NHS Trust, Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Trust)
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
East London Consortium (Homerton, Newham, Barts and the London)
If you wish us to publicise your contracts please send an email to the  Webmaster with the details.

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Future Trends in Laboratory Computing (Updated October, 2012)

Over the coming months, we hope to bring you news of developments in various areas of laboratory computing such as:



In June 2002, the Department of Health issued this consultation document which sets out the Department’s proposals for modernising NHS pathology services and presents draft guidance for consultation.

Pathology services cannot stand still. The NHS is changing, patients' expectations are higher, and staff want to work in new ways and develop innovative services for patients. Patients and staff need faster access to diagnostics in primary care, A&E, out-patient clinics and on the wards. We know that pathology services can also be provided in new ways and new settings, through point of care testing in GP surgeries and community clinics. Many patients with long-term conditions are already testing and managing their condition in the community and more can do so. A modernised NHS is only possible with modernised pathology services.

The NHS is changing. The traditional image of the DGH as the principal provider of healthcare is no longer accurate. Individual trust-based pathology services can be poorly placed to deliver patient choice, improved access to testing in new and different settings, reduced isolation for pathology professionals, increased specialisation, and the demands of clinical governance and accreditation. While informal pathology networks are common across the NHS, experience has shown that they seldom go far enough to deliver change fast enough and they struggle to make their management arrangements clear enough for effective clinical governance. 

Based on growing experience in the NHS, we believe that integrated networks offer the best way to plan and manage a comprehensive pathology service to meet the needs of local health systems, while their larger size allows new technologies and modern information systems to be brought in, leading to increased quality and efficiency. They allow more efficient deployment of staff and equipment and more effective sub-specialisation. They also offer better opportunities for training, education and career development and provide increased professional support. The key feature of a managed pathology network is a single, integrated management structure and budget.

To be effective, we would expect networks to serve populations equivalent to those served by StHAs. When developing pathology services, health communities will need to consider the benefits of networks mirroring StHA boundaries, and the natural patient flows from primary to secondary to tertiary care when determining network boundaries.

The concept of networks is not synonymous with centralisation. Where networks have been set up, appropriate services have been maintained on individual hospital sites. However, networks can also deliver benefits in quality and efficiency by consolidating some aspects of the service into a smaller number of sites.

Working together in new ways and across traditional boundaries, providing opportunities and support for flexible working, developing medical and scientific understanding, applying them in new diagnostic techniques - all these are vital if we are to give patients what they need - high quality, comprehensive, efficiently managed diagnostic services.

These changes can benefit the pathology workforce too. The NHS needs to attract and hold on to staff with the right skills and expertise. We can do this by offering them interesting work, professional challenges, high quality education and training, opportunities for research and development and an integrated career structure. We can also offer them a good quality working environment, with more effective supervision arrangements and better development opportunities. We need their input to pathology modernisation to improve services for patients. This is a positive opportunity for all members of the pathology community to become involved in shaping the future of their working environment and practice for the better.

The full document (pdf format, 97Kb) can be downloaded from the Pathology Modernisation website.

The consultation period was from 20 June to 30 September 2002.

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Overview of European and North American Markets

A report entitled IT in medical laboratories - the European market was published at a cost of £325 in 1997. This covers everything to do with information technology in a medical laboratory setting.

The report would still be useful both for UK suppliers and laboratory managers interested in buying a new system and includes:

The report has recently been updated with new companies, products and reviews. If you would like details please contact Feltham Associates.

Trends in UK laboratory computing since 1990 (updated October, 2012)

Feltham Associates Limited maintains a database of UK contracts for Laboratory Information Systems in NHS hospitals. Feltham Associates Limited has produced annual surveys of the UK laboratory information system market since 1990. These include sections on current market trends, summaries of the achievements of the main suppliers, brief summaries of each supplier, detailed analysis of the major contracts awarded during each year including site name, winning supplier, quarter in which contract awarded, approximate contract value and laboratory modules installed. Copies are provided as part of our services - minimum of single day rate per annual report.

We also provide news and market updates at regular intervals on the state of UK clinical laboratory computing so watch this space or contact us via email: Webmaster.

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Please contact us for details of any of these publications via e-mail: Webmaster. We are also able to offer a comparative breakdown of the leading North American Laboratory Information System suppliers. If you feel this might be of interest please send us an e-mail with your requirements.

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Last updated 04 October 2012