Thursday 2 March 2017
New laboratory services provider announced for Lakes DHB area
Lakes District Health Board has today signed a contract with Pathlab Lakes Limited (PLL) as the new provider of laboratory services at its Rotorua and Taupo Hospitals. PLL is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pathology Associates Limited.
For the past 10 years, Lakes DHB has had contracts with two suppliers to provide hospital and community laboratory testing. Southern Communities Laboratories had the contract for Taupo and a joint venture, Laboratory Services Rotorua (LSR) held the Rotorua contract.
When both these contracts expire late in June, PLL will be the provider of laboratory services across the Lakes DHB area.
The decision on the contract follows a robust two-stage procurement process, with first a registrations of interest step, followed by a request for proposal step. Advisors on probity, legal issues, pathology (an independent Australian pathologist) were involved, along with the Ministries of Business Innovation and Enterprise (MBIE), Health and the Commerce Commission. The contract evaluation panel included a range of clinicians from primary health and the DHB, and DHB Executive members.
The signing of the new five year (plus an option to extend a further five years) contract follows approval of the licence from the Minister of Health. The licence will be for the sole purpose of providing laboratory services to the DHB, and will end when the contract ends.
The new laboratory services contract will take effect from May, and the go-live date for the changeover is 1 July 2017. Under the contract current laboratory employees will transfer to the new provider PLL on existing terms and conditions.
The Portfolio Manager for Personal Health for Lakes DHB, Gareth Fannin says the contract will see an increased range of tests included, standardised testing across the Lakes district (Rotorua and Taupo), increased pathologist support (of particular help with coronial commitments/post mortems), and potential savings over the 10-year period for reinvestment in other health services in the Lakes district.
Gareth Fannin says the transition plan for the changeover allows for full orientation and induction of staff, and will see the continued smooth running of hospital and community laboratory services across the Lakes DHB area.
For more information contact:
Sue Wilkie Communications Officer or Shan Tapsell, Assistant Communications Officer
Phone extn 7944 or mobile 027 242 3652
Dianne McQueen, Chief Executive Officer
Phone 07 5712799 or mobile 027 488 3692