What we do

Pathologists study the causes of disease and the ways in which disease processes affect our bodies.

Recognising the patterns that disease takes allows us to understand what is at the root of a problem, enabling accurate diagnosis. Following up this understanding of what has gone wrong helps us devise treatments and put preventative measures in place.

Services we offer

  • Blood transfusion

    Blood transfusion provides replacement blood for patients who have lost or cannot make their own blood.

  • Clinical biochemistry and immunology

    Biochemistry analyses the chemicals in the blood and other body fluids to aid the diagnosis of disease.

  • Haematology

    Haematology is the examination of blood and bone marrow samples to diagnose and manage long-term disease.

  • Histopathlogy

    Consultant histopathologists examine tissue (histology) and cells (cytology) removed from patients during operations and in clinics.

  • Microbiology and virology

    Specimens from all parts of the body are examined in microbiology and virology for evidence of bacteria and viruses.

Opening times

Phlebotomy opening times

Adult blood tests (and children over 12)

  • Bradford Royal Infirmary: Monday 8.30am to 6.30pm (except Bank holidays), Tuesday to Friday (except Bank Holidays), 8.30am to 5pm.
  • St Luke’s Hospital: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except Bank holidays)

Children’s blood tests

Specific service for children under two and urgent requests from GPs

  • St Luke’s Hospital Monday to Friday (except Bank Holidays) 8.30am to 9.30am. This service is appointment only and operates at St Luke’s Hospital.

Specific service for children aged 2 to 11 years old (GP requests)

  • St Luke’s Hospital every Wednesday and Friday afternoon, 1.30 to 4.45pm (except Bank Holidays). This service is accessible via an appointment only and operates at St Luke’s Hospital.

Mortuary opening times

  • Monday to Friday, 8:30am to noon and 12:30 to 4pm. Viewings are by appointment only and can be arranged by ringing the mortuary on 01274 364165. The last appointment for viewings is 3:30pm.
  • Saturday and Sunday: Open for viewings from 9am to noon by appointment only. Viewings can be arranged via the hospital switchboard on 01274 542200. The last appointment is at 11.30am.

The mortuary is closed on bank holidays.

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