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St Joseph’s pathology department is accredited to, and regulated by, the Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA).  It is a modern, purpose built facility dedicated to obtaining accurate diagnoses which are crucial to assisting and determining the optimal treatment and prognosis for patients.

Clinical Pathology Accreditation


Our team is clinically led and staffed with skilled pathologists, highly trained clinical biomedical scientists and an outstanding administrative team.


Consistent high quality is the result of many different processes throughout St Joseph’s Hospital, clinical and non-clinical colleagues, all working together with a unified focus on excellent care for our patients.


The hospital has invested in state of the art analytical technology and delivers best practice ensuring an enhanced, timely service for patients.


Clinical chemistry


St Joseph’s pathology utilises ortho diagnostics dry slide technology for clinical chemistry analysis.  Chemical chemistry is the study of chemical and biochemical mechanisms of the body in relation to disease, mostly through the analysis of body fluids such as blood or urine.


In many diseases there are significant changes in the chemical composition of body fluids, such as raised blood enzymes due to their release from heart muscles after a heart attack, or a raised blood sugar in diabetes mellitus due to lack of insulin.  Tests are designed to detect these changes qualitatively or quantitatively compared to results from healthy people.


St Joseph’s pathology uses a range of analytical techniques including, molecular diagnostics, measurement of enzyme activities and immunoassays, clinical chemistry techniques for which the biomedical scientist develops complex practical skills of highly automated testing systems capable of producing timely, accurate results.




Haematology is the study of the morphology and physiology of blood.  Our pathology team are concerned with the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases of the blood and blood-forming organs.  Our biomedical scientists perform an array of blood tests that investigate the cellular elements of blood and a number of proteins, including haemoglobin and clotting factors.


Haematological tests are performed on blood samples to diagnose diseases such as leukaemia, anaemia and abnormalities of blood coagulation.  Biomedical scientists use their training to gain expertise in a variety of healthcare environments.  These may include haematology, haemostasis or blood transfusion laboratories.


We have invested in highly advanced equipment, including the Sysmex Fluorescence Flow Cytometry Technology 5 Part Differential Haematology Analyser.  This analyser delivers extremely high quality results for complete differential blood count for all white blood cell populations, and an excellent determination of red blood cells and platelets with hydrodynamic focusing.  Haemoglobin measurements are equally impressive since the XS-series retains a dedicated haemoglobin channel.

The XS-series analyser has been specifically crafted for laboratories to deliver detailed, reliable and highly accurate results.




Our in-house service provides a range of routine and specialist investigations in bacteriology, mycology, parasitology and virology required for the diagnosis and management of those with infection and infectious disease.


We have an expert team, led by an infection control consultant, who provide a service for the prevention, investigation and control of healthcare-associated infection in patients and staff.  In addition, environmental monitoring is also carried out.


St Joseph’s pathology laboratories are registered and participate in the External Quality Assurances Schemes (NEQAS) which have been granted full approval by Clinical Pathology Accreditation (UK) Ltd.


Clinical pathology colleagues are involved in Continuous Professional Development (CPD) training with the Institute of Biomedical Science.  All biomedical scientists are registered with the Health Care Professions Council.

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