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
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
Immunology: Dr Desa Lilic and Patricia Smith
Microbiology: Dr David Allison and Gary Winn.
'As I was very, very nervous, I must have been the worst patient
ever and they were brilliant with me and I can't thank them enough
- could you please pass on my sincere thanks.'
Patient, Hysteroscopy Unit, Chester-le-Street Community