Updated 15 April 2022
The pathology centre at Musgrove Park Hospital is one of three locations in Somerset run by the provider, Integrated Pathology Partnerships. It provides pathology services for NHS establishments operating within the county. The centre is located within the hospital building and comprises a set of self-contained laboratories providing analysis in the disciplines of clinical chemistry, haematology, blood transfusion, microbiology and histology.
To get to the heart of patients’ experiences of care and treatment, we ask the same five questions of all services: are they safe, effective, caring, responsive to people's needs, and well-led? We did not inspect the caring domain at this inspection as the laboratory does not have any direct contact with patients.
The provider is registered to provide the following regulated activity:
- Diagnostic and screening procedures
- Management of supply of blood and blood derived products
The location has a registered manager in post since 2020. Registered managers have a legal responsibility for meeting the requirements in the Health and Social Care Act and associated regulations about how the service is run.
The provider employs 202 members of staff across the three locations. Technical and managerial staff are employed by Integrated Pathology Partnerships while clinical staff are employed by partners in the joint venture with Somerset NHS Foundation Trust and Yeovil District Hospital Foundation Trust.
The previous inspection of this service was March 2013 when the provider had met the standards but was not rated.
We inspected this service using our comprehensive inspection methodology. We carried out the unannounced inspection on 15 February 2022.