Learning How to Achieve a Seven Day Turnaround Time in Histopathology

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Working in partnership with the Department of Health Pathology Programme, NHS Improvement supported nine pilot sites to test the Lean methodology to demonstrate how to deliver a seven day service and make improvements in quality, safety and productivity.


This guide provides clinical teams with the basic tools to make changes to their processes, along with insight into how phase one pilot sites have used these tools across the whole patient pathway. The aim of the pilots reported in this document is to test whether it is possible to deliver histopathology results within seven days for 95% of all patients.