Staff in the Walsall pathology department with their garlic growing instructions.
Raj, Carol and Nadine with their ‘pop-up’ garlic allotment outside City Hospital Pathology. Garlic in a B&Q bucket is coming on strong on the patio!
BCPS comprises the four pathology laboratories in the Black Country as follows: The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust We provide the pathology services for our acute hospitals  and also local GPs. Some of our laboratories also offer specialist services to the wider NHS and also work on research studies.

As part of a major initiative in the NHS, Pathology in England is being reorganised into much

larger local network models. This is driven by NHSI and sees the formation of 29 pathology units

across the country. For us, we will be an even more attractive place to work. It will also enable us

to continue to offer the latest tests and services applying cutting edge clinical science to modern

patient care.

BCPS garlic challenge Bringing together around 1,000 staff working away in laboratories is a big task. These staff however are determined to have some fun as well. To help publicise our new identity we launched the ‘BCPS Garlic Challenge’. Armed with clear instructions, staff from pathology labs around the country are competing to see who can grow the best English garlic.
TV presenter and producer Gary Newbon, recently given an MBE in the New Year Honours’ list, very kindly reviewed our new identity for us. Overall he seemed to give it the thumbs up. In particular he was slightly amazed, to say the least, that the budget for the design was all done for less than £300!
New identity reviewed by Gary Newbon

No immediate changes to services

Changes being taken forward are long term with a ten year business model being taken forward. In due course our current laboratories will move to a ‘hub and spoke’ model. This will see a large centralised laboratory at New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton. At Dudley, Walsall and Smethwick smaller laboratories will continue to offer acute hospital pathology.

Black Country Pathology Services

Page last updated: 03.06.19                                         Next review date: 03.06.20