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We provide a comprehensive Pathology and Mortuary service to both Acute Trust and Primary Care with an overall 50:50 split.

Pathology is led by Dr Paul Barrett, Clinical Lead together with the Pathology Senior Management Team consisting of Clinical and Scientific staff.

The departments are split into specialties led by a Clinical Lead and a Scientific Lead/Manager. The specialties are as follows:

  •    Cellular Pathology & Mortuary
  •    Clinical Biochemistry
  •    Haematology & Transfusion
  •    Immunology
  •     Microbiology & Serology.

The individual laboratories are accredited through Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) and United Kingdom Accreditation Service to ISO 15189:2012 standards. Where appropriate all scientific and clinical staff are registered through the appropriate council (Royal College of Pathologists - Clinical Staff, Health Care Professions Council - Biomedical Scientists)

Some departments have additional specialist inspections, statutory requirements and hold additional licenses e.g. Blood Transfusion through the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and Cellular Pathology through the Human Tissue Authority (HTA).

There are two main laboratory sites at Darlington and Durham. There is also on-site presence for sample receipt at Bishop Auckland Hospital

The majority of requested tests are catered for in-house; only a small percentage is referred elsewhere due to their specialist nature or because the low volume makes testing uneconomic.

The directorate has consistently achieved good results in benchmarking audits and surveys.

Biochemistry, Haematology & Transfusion and Microbiology provide a 24 hour acute service on a shift basis (Blood Sciences) or via On-call provision (Microbiology).


'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham