Clinical Pathology

Clinical Pathology at NUH comprises four specialist departments:

  • Clinical Chemistry 
  • Diagnostic Haematology 
  • Immunology 
  • Blood Transfusion 

We provide a wide range of analytical and advisory services, which are available for inpatients, outpatients and the community at large. As you would expect from a large teaching hospital this service is backed up with training and research programmes designed to improve patient care.

To ensure the highest standard of work we participate in extensive internal and external quality assurance schemes. 

A UKAS accredited medical laboratory - No 8848.

For information about tests that are covered in this scope please refer to the UKAS website.

Any tests performed in Clinical Pathology that are not accredited are identified on the test report. Calculations based on accredited tests may not themselves be accredited. Please contact the laboratory if you have questions regarding the validation of calculated results.

Our team:

Clinical Pathology at NUH is provided by an expert team of over 200 staff working across our laboratories and offices. 

Service Manager: Mr Tom Atack 0115 924 9924 Ext: 81129

Clinical Head of Service: Dr Donna Fullerton

Last updated: June 2023

Clinical Pathology user survey 2021

Many thanks to all that took time to reply to our annual survey. We feel the feedback is very useful and would encourage any further communication in order to improve our services. 

The results of the survey and our planned actions are in the linked pdf  Clinical Pathology User Survey Report 2021.pdf[pdf] 811KB

Serology Testing - Letter to clinicians

Contact and find us

Please be aware that we cannot provide results directly to patients: results will only be provided to the GP or Consultant managing your care.



Tel: 0115 924 9924

Chemistry / haematology / immunology general enquiries - Ext: 81168

Blood transfusion - Ext: 83660

Duty biochemist (biochemistry advice and interpretation) - Ext: 88680


Our location

A floor
West Block.


City Hospital

Tel: 0115 969 1169

Urgent requests - Ext: 75084

General enquiries: chemistry; haematology - Ext: 81168 or for urgent requests Ext: 75084

Blood transfusion - Ext: 75600

Duty biochemist (biochemistry advice and interpretation) - Ext: 79729


Our location

Off the Physiotherapy corridor




For security reasons visits to our laboratories must be pre-arranged and all visitors will be escorted.

Agreement with External Organisations

By sending a sample and completed request form, you will be entering into an Agreement based on our Terms and Conditions.

The Clinical Pathology Service Directory provides information on turnaround times, available tests and the ordering process.

If you intend referring work for the first time to any of our laboratories, or you intend a significant change (considered to be an increase of greater than 20 percent by activity), please contact us prior to referral, so that the laboratory can assure you that they have the capacity and resources to meet your request. Contact details are in the Service Directory available above.