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: May 2024


Important Communications - May 2024


May 2024 - Minor Changes to Clinical Chemistry reference ranges

Please see attached for details of the changes which are implemented on 7 May 2024. These changes are minor and part of a harmonisaton project with Sherwood Forest Hospitals.

Changes to Reference Ranges.pdf [pdf] 439KB


Clinical Pathology user survey 2023

2023 User Survey

Thank You to everyone who completed the Clinical Pathology Customer Survey.

Your input is extremely valuable to us and the vital responses and information that you have provided will help us to improve the service we provide to our users for the benefit of our patients.

Please see attached report showing the results of the survey and the action taken to address feedback

Clinical Pathology User Survey 2023 Report.docx [docx] 817KB

Thank you

Kathryn Saunders, Clinical Pathology Quality Manager

Serology Testing - Letter to clinicians

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.

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.