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Aims

The department of Pathology adheres to the principles of patient-focused laboratory medicine, adopting a proactive stance on optimising the delivery of medical laboratory services to give maximum efficiency and effectiveness to health care.

Policies and Statements

Accreditation

The Pathology laboratories at MTW include Biochemistry, Haematology & Blood Transfusion, Cellular Pathology and Microbiology which all undergo assessment by the national Pathology accreditation body United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS).  In addition, the Cellular Pathology holds a Human Tissue Authority (HTA) license (for mortuaries and the laboratory) and Blood Transfusion has compliance with Medicines Health Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

Please click here for further information of accredited repertoire scope.

External Quality Assessment

All departments take part in the National External Quality Assessment schemes.  Samples are sent from a reference laboratory for examination, we perform the tests and return the results.  Our performance is compared nationally with other laboratories in the scheme and also with previous works carried out by us.  This gives confidence that our results do not vary over time and are similar to those obtained from other laboratories.

Useful links

Labtests Online – a public service that explains Pathology tests for patients

The National Blood Service website – if you wish to donate blood