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UHNM Team of the Month: Pathology LIMS Project Team

UHNM staff involved in what has been described as a ‘once in a career project’ have received recognition for their hard work.

In March, the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS), the software used to manage Pathology samples and their data, was upgraded for the first time since 1999. This upgrade was needed to support the formation of the new North Midlands & Cheshire Pathology Network Service (NMCPS). 

UHNM staff from across four hospital sites involved in this project have been presented with UHNM’s Team of the Month Award from Tracy Bullock, Chief Executive.

They were nominated by Sharon Acton, Pathology Service Manager.

Sharon said: “In 2019 the decision was made by UHNM to replace the existing system, LabCentre, which was introduced in 1999. The new WinPath Enterprise system was needed to support the formation of the NMCPS. So far, Microbiology, Blood Transfusion and combined Blood Sciences have gone live, with Cell Path due to follow in September, marking the completion of a project that has taken four years to deliver.      

“Each of these disciplines has been managed by a special Project Team, working in conjunction with UHNM’s clinical staff, Pathology IT specialists, UHNM IT staff and a range of different suppliers dependent on the specific requirements of each discipline. As well as being based at Royal Stoke and County hospitals, we have also deployed UHNM staff to Leighton and Macclesfield hospitals as part of the NMCPS.

“I’m delighted those involved are receiving the Team of the Month Award for this complex project, which has been four years in the making. There are 450 staff across the network, and I would like to say a big thank you to every single one of them for their hard work and commitment. We couldn’t have done it without you. It has been a massive team effort, and I am proud of this team for overcoming the issues we have faced. We have managed to deliver this huge project whilst continuing to deliver a routine Pathology service.”