Roadshow to showcase the National Pathology Exchange

The Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network is pleased to support a roadshow designed to showcase an innovative digital solution for connecting pathology test requests and results between UK laboratories and NHS Trusts.

The National Pathology Exchange (NPEx) has been developed by Leeds-based X-Lab Ltd. It is hosted by Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and connects 65 English and Scottish Hospital Trusts to each other.

The Yorkshire and Humber NPEx roadshow, in collaboration with Leeds Pathology Services, will be held on Wednesday 12th October, 9am – 1pm, at the Pathology Department, Old Medical School, Leeds General Infirmary.

It will feature:

  • An NPEx adoption story
  • An update on pathology standardisation from NHS Digital
  • A view on delivering point of care diagnostics
  • A workshop to discuss challenges and opportunities for pathology modernisation across the Yorkshire and Humber region

To register to attend the event, please email

Dr Neville Young, Head of Commercial Development at Yorkshire & Humber AHSN, said: “As an AHSN we are focused on encouraging the adoption and spread of proven innovation, research and evidence at pace and scale.

“We have supported X-Lab for some time now by helping the company to promote its innovative products through our national AHSN network.

“We have also recommended that NPEx is used as a case study in the Wachter review as a great example of an innovative digital solution that is improving patient’s outcomes and driving efficiency within the NHS across a large number of organisations.”

The Wachter review ‘Making IT work: harnessing the power of health IT to improve care in England’, was announced by the Department of Health earlier this year. It is looking at different ways to implement IT in healthcare as the NHS works towards being paperless by 2020.

NPEx is used when both rare and high volume tests are sent to specialist laboratories. Clinicians benefit from access to a wider range of tests with much faster turnaround time in results (for example, Chlamydia testing times in Manchester were reduced from 14 days to two days as a result of NPEx.  Less time is spent on the administration because paper processes are eliminated and this has led to corresponding reduction in human errors on paper, much improved safety and security and saved clinical time chasing lost paperwork and dealing with errors.

Steve Box, Business Development Manager at X-Labs Ltd, said: “The Yorkshire & Humber AHSN offers an invaluable network to support promotion of our innovative services and access to new networks that would otherwise be impenetrable. We are delighted that the Yorkshire & Humber AHSN has recommended NPEx as a case study in the Wachter Review.”

NPEx’s strategic value is as an enabler for digital reconfiguration of pathology services towards faster, more flexible, safer and cheaper pathology requesting supporting the paperless NHS and Lord Carter’s recommendations for Pathology Modernisation.

X-Lab Ltd was formed in 2006 by staff and students from the University of Leeds. It maintains very close links to the University, the School of Computing and the ground-breaking research that the University generates. X-Lab Ltd enjoys a national reputation for successfully delivering ground-breaking and innovative software applications with the NHS.