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 Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine (also known as Pathology) is the study of the nature of disease and its causes, development, processes and consequences.

Laboratory Medicine is part of, and provides Laboratory services to, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and serves the associated community and primary care providers.

The departments of Laboratory Medicine (York) and Pathology (Scarborough) have been integrated into a single service.  The expectation is that users of the service should see no significant difference in the level of service provided on either site irrespective as to whether samples are sent to York or Scarborough for processing.

Laboratroy Medicine is divided into a number of specialist departments:

  • Biochemstry including Point of Care Testing (POCT)
  • Haematology, Blood Transfusion and Immunology
  • Microbiology and Serology
  • Histology, Cytology and the Mortuary

Please click on the links listed below to access general information on our Directorate and specific departmental information.



Quality Assured

Laboratory Locations

Phlebotomy (Blood Taking) Service

Key Contacts

Routine Opening Hours

Out of Hours Service Provision

Electronic Test Requesting

Specimen Collection

Storage of samples before Transport

Request Form and Specimen Labelling

High Risk and Danger of Infection Specimens

Transportation of Samples and Postage

Laboratory Reports

Add On Requests

Ordering Consumables

User Surveys & News

Information for Primary Care

Information for Patients


Clinical Biochemistry


Blood Transfusion






Web page last updated: 3rd February 2017


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