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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Opening hours and out of hours service provision

Routine Opening Hours

Access to the laboratories is restricted to authorised personnel only.  All visitors must report to the reception on arrival. 


Laboratory Site  Monday to Friday 
York Hospital Laboratory Medicine Ground Floor Reception 08.30 - 17.00
York Non-Gynae Cytology & Andrology

The department operates a booking system for semen samples, the latest booking slot is 14:15. 

Scarborough Pathology Office

 8.35 - 17.05


Out of Hours Service Provision

Haematology (including Blood Transfusion) and Biochemistry

Outside the routine laboratory hours Haematology (including Blood Transfusion) and Biochemistry operate a shift system where a minimum of one Haematology Biomedical Scientist and one Biochemistry Biomedical Scientist present in the hospital at all times. 

The BMS on duty are often extremely busy, please be patient and bleep them only when absolutely necessary. Please use CPD whenever possible.  The CPD reporting system is available on the hospital network and is updated with completed results every 15 minutes.


Microbiology offer an extended working day where there is a member of staff present in the hospital.  There is a member of staff available on each site:

Monday - Friday:  17:00 until 20:00 (York) 08:45 until 17:15 (Scarborough)

Saturday: 8:30 until 17:00 (Scarborough & York)

Sunday: 8.30 until 16:00 (Scarborough & York)

A Microbiology on-call service is provided to cover URGENT SAMPLES ONLY at all other times.  The Microbiology Biomedical Scientist can be contacted via the hospital switchboard '0' for urgent work.

Protocol for Clinical Microbiological Advice Out of Hours: Click Here


The only samples processed and only in extreme emergencies are frozen sections. To request this a Consultant Histopathologist can be contacted via the switchboard.

York Site

 Department Bleep Number 
Clinical Biochemistry 934
Haematology/Transfusion 842
Microbiology Dial switchboard '0'

Dial switchboard '0'


01904 725890 and leave a voicemail for action next day.

POCT Coordinators - C. Thomas & R. Lampard

Scarborough Site

Department  Bleep
Clinical Biochemistry  Dial switchboard '0’ and ask for Operator

Haematology/Transfusion Dial switchboard '0’ and ask for Operator

Microbiology Dial switchboard '0’ and ask for Operator
Histology Dial switchboard '0’ and ask for Operator
POCT  01723 342659 and leave a voicemail for action next day.


For further information of tests available out of hours see department specific information below:

Biochemistry Out of Hours Test Repertoire: Click Here

Microbiology Out of Hours Test Repertoire: Click Here

Web page 8 last updated: 05/09/23

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