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Laboratory Medicine

General Information / Where to find us

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

York Laboratory

The York laboratory is situated in the block to the right of the main hospital entrance, on the three floors above “Pharmacy” shown on the hospital plan below.  Access into the laboratory area is restricted (swipe card access only) and visitors are asked to report to the Ground Floor Reception.   Our address is:

Laboratory Medicine
York Hospital
Wigginton Road
YO31 8HE

Scarborough Laboratory

The Scarborough laboratory is situated adjacent to the A/E Department in a two storey, purpose built block shown as  point F on the hospital plan below.  There is limited parking in front of the Laboratory with access from the car park. There is a pay and display car park for visitors. From inside the hospital and the South and North entrances, follow the signs to Pathology. The Pathology office, stores, phlebotomy, blood sciences and blood transfusion are on the ground floor, microbiology is on the first floor. 

Access into the laboratory is restricted (electronically locked doors) and visitors are asked to report to the office reception  

Our address is:

Laboratory Medicine Department,
Scarborough Hospital
Woodlands Drive
YO12 6QL


Laboratory Medicine is divided into the following specialist departments:


The department operates from the second floor of the laboratory block on the York site and the ground floor of the laboratory block on the Scarborough site.


This section of the Biochemistry department operates from the second floor of the Laboratory Medicine block on the York site and the first floor of the laboratory block on the Scarborough site.

Non-Gynae Cytology & Andrology

The department operates from the first floor of the Laboratory Medicine block on the York site. 

Blood Transfusion and Haematology

The departments operate from the second floor of the laboratory block on the York site and the ground floor of the laboratory block on the Scarborough site.


This section of the Haematology department operates from the second floor of the Laboratory Medicine block on the York site.


The department operates from the third floor of the Laboratory Medicine block on the York site.


The department operates from the first floor of the laboratory blocks on the York and Scarborough sites.


This section of the Microbiology department operates from second floor of the York site.

Webpage last updated: 17th December 2019





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Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.

Coronavirus (COVID-19)

If you have symptoms associated with coronavirus including a new continuous cough and a high temperature, you are advised to stay at home for 7 days.

Please do not book a GP appointment or attend your GP practice.

If you live with other people, they should stay at home for at least 14 days, to avoid spreading the infection outside the home.  After 14 days, anyone you live with who does not have symptoms can return to their normal routine.

But, if anyone in your home gets symptoms, they should stay at home for 7 days from the day their symptoms start. Even if it means they're at home for longer than 14 days. The most up-to-date public guidance is always online at

If your symptoms are serious, or get worse, NHS 111 has an online coronavirus service that can tell you if you need further medical help and advise you what to do.  Only call 111 direct if you are advised to do so by the online service or you cannot go online.