Viapath is a partnership between SYNLAB UK & Ireland, Guy’s & St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. Our organisation brings together the very best in clinical, scientific and operational expertise to provide a service which helps clinicians to create better outcomes for their patients, and which makes a positive difference to population health and wellbeing.
The partnership provides services to 1.7 million people living in South East London, as well as to hundreds of thousands of patients from outside the region who use local healthcare services. We provide pathology services to our partner hospitals as well as to other local NHS hospitals, mental health providers, GPs and community services in the area. We also provide services to a range of NHS and other consumers across the UK.
Founded in 2014 by the NHS and former partner, Serco, SYNLAB joined the partnership on 1 April 2021 and is now responsible for the delivery of Viapath’s pathology services. With the shared vision of developing a world-leading, integrated pathology network, we plan to make major improvements to our pathology services over the next four years. Building on the strengths of today’s service, these will see the creation of a ‘hub and spoke’ pathology service by 2024 in line with the NHS’s national clinical vision.
The transformed service promises significant benefits for patients, clinicians, the NHS and other users of the Viapath service, including faster testing turnaround times to speed up diagnosis and access to treatment, better management of patient flows both in the community and in hospital, a new digital histology service, and on-line clinical access to ordering, tracking and reporting. You can find out more about the transformation programme here.