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New pathology courier vans strengthen CMFT’s transport links with hospitals and GPs in Greater Manchester and the North West

CMFT Laboratory Medicine has further strengthened its transport links throughout Greater Manchester and the North West with the arrival of a new fleet of seven new courier vans.

CMFT is one of very few trusts in the North West to provide a dedicated courier service for GP practices, as part of its provision of pathology services.

The new vans will ensure CMFT's pathology courier team is well equipped to continue to provide a first class service to a growing network of GP practices and hospitals around the area.

CMFT laboratory courier vans

Each van is fitted with state of the art telematics software that allows all the vans to be tracked, and collection routes to be amended in seconds from the Business Support Centre at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

The vans also employ the most economical blue diesel engines currently on the market reducing the amount of harmful emissions from the vehicles, and also employ start stop technology to reduce fuel consumption when sitting in traffic, affirming our commitment to running an environmentally responsible service.

Our courier fleet is a key part of the Laboratory Medicine service we provide to GP practices and other trusts, forming an essential link between hospitals and Primary Care providers and our labs.

The team of drivers is responsible for delivering consumables and collecting patient samples for testing at our laboratories.

We currently provide a service to more than 59 GP surgeries in Greater Manchester making over 29,000 collections per year, and covering over 115,000 miles every year.

In addition to this we also provide a regional courier service for Cellular Pathology based at CMFT, as well as working in partnership with Primary Care Manchester to provide a courier service for the extended GP service run in Central and North Manchester.