Please note, the Pathology Handbook has been removed
from the site to allow controlled updates and inclusion of all of
the information onto this host site. Please accept our apologies
for any inconvenience caused and note much of the information
from the handbook will be available on this site.
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
The departments are split into
specialties led by a Clinical Lead and a Scientific Lead/Manager.
The specialties are as follows:
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
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
Biochemistry, Haematology &
Transfusion and Microbiology provide a 24 hour acute service on a
shift basis (Blood Sciences) or via On-call provision
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'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital