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

The directorate is led by Dr John Sloss, Clinical Lead together with the Clinical Services Manager.

Each speciality is led by a Consultant and Lead Biomedical Scientist.

The individual laboratories are accredited through Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA).

Some departments have additional specialist inspections e.g. Blood Transfusion through the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

There are three main laboratories at Bishop Auckland Darlington and Durham. There is also on-site presence for out-patients at Shotley Bridge Community 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 Microbiology provide a 24 hour acute service on a shift basis or via On-call provision.

Pathology specialities available within the directorate along with lead Consultant and Scientific staff are: -

Biochemistry:  Dr Stuart Smellie and Carol McIver.

Cellular Pathology (Cytology & Histopathology):  Dr Paul Barrett and Harry Greenwood.

In addition University Hospital of North Durham is the regional processing centre (Hub) for Liquid Based Cytology for Cervical Cytology samples. Samples are processed and sent back to the local laboratory for reporting.

Haematology & Blood Transfusion: Dr Fiona Keenan and Chris Shaw

Immunology: Dr Desa Lilic and Patricia Smith

Microbiology: Dr David Allison and Gary Winn.

'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