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Leeds pathology unit approved

Words: Laura Edgar
St James pathology facility / Lichfields

Leeds City Council has granted outline planning permission for the development of a pathology facility at the St James’s University Hospital. 

Planning consultants Lichfields secured the permission on behalf of Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The facility will serve hospitals across Leeds, West Yorkshire and neighbouring areas.

Pathology services are housed in what are perceived to be “outdated” facilities in the Old Medical School at Leeds General Infirmary, but most will be incorporated in the new facility. Old buildings on the St James’s site will be demolished to make way for the new facility, which is scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2023. 

Phillip Wood, chief medical officer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and a consultant immunologist said: “The trust is a world-leader in pathology and this new state-of-the art facility will enable staff and partners to work in a bespoke environment that reflects and enhances the leading-edge services they provide.

“Demand for pathology services has continued to grow from year to year and has played an absolutely vital role in the current coronavirus outbreak.” 

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