What is it?

Our pathology department is where laboratory tests are carried out. These play a crucial role in the medical decisions our doctors make about patients’ health, from diagnosing a condition through to therapy and prognosis (this is a doctor's judgment of the likely or expected development of a disease or of the chances of getting better).

Urine and blood tests are the most commonly used samples and provide a lot of information about a patient's health, from detecting a pregnancy to evaluating the function of your liver.

The areas below are all part of the pathology department. 

Anti-Coagulation Services - provides a testing and monitoring service for patients on oral anticoagulant therapy.

Blood Sciences - three different areas sit within Blood Sciences.

  1. Clinical Biochemistry - provides a diagnostic and clinical advisory service covering acute and general biochemistry, endocrinology, allergy, cardiacand tumour markers, toxicology and therapeutic drug monitoring.
  2. Haematology - provides a diagnostic and clinical advisory service for acute and general haemotology tests and specialised haemoglobinopathy tests.
  3. Immunology - provides a range of assays to aid the diagnosis and monitoring of various auto-immune diseases.

Blood Transfusion - provides blood and blood products to support the clinical services within the Trust.

Cellular Pathology - provides the majority of aspects of cellular pathology.

Microbiology - provides a diagnostic and clinical advisory service for all aspects of clinical microbiology and infection control. This includes bacteriology, parasitology, virology and serology.

Mortuary - there is a Mortuary located at Pinderfields Hospital and a body store at Dewsbury and District Hospital. if you wish to arrange a viewing please contact the Mortuary at Pinderfields via the swtichboard number 01924 541000.

Phlebotomy (Blood Tests) - these are carried out for both inpatients and outpatients.

To help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests carried out in hospitals across the country, please visit

Contact us

For all pathology RESULTS enquiries - 9am-5pm Mon-Fri - please ring 01924 317000.

Should you have a different enquiry about anything relating to pathology then this can be directed to one of the following people via our PALS team.

Head of Clinical Service - Jenny Thomas
Pathology Group Manager - Emma Godfrey
Pathology Services Manager - William Worboys
Pathology Quality and Research Manager - Janet English