Pathology at Queen Elizabeth Hospital

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The department encompasses a wide range of disciplines and services including:

  • Haematology and blood transfusion
  • Microbiology (including virology, serology)
  • Clinical biochemistry
  • Histology
  • Phlebotomy
  • QEH Mortuary and Bereavement services

Haematology, microbiology and clinical biochemistry run a 24/7 shift service including specialist testing to the hospital. Phlebotomy runs services for adults as well as a comprehensive children’s service with specially trained staff. Mortuary and Bereavement staff are specially trained to perform the wide range of duties the service requires, and work closely together for the benefit of all those visiting the mortuary.


The Pathology department is located in the West Entrance at QEH.

What conditions does the department treat?

The department is involved in diagnostic testing of a very wide range of conditions. 70% of diagnosis depends on pathology testing.

What services do we provide?

Diagnostic testing to a large number of departments in the hospital, outpatient clinics and primary care. The Mortuary and Bereavement service provides post mortem services and provides support and assistance to bereaved relatives and friends.

The services we offer are described in the user handbooks included below, which have been compiled by the Medical and Scientific staff within Pathology. We hope they enhance your knowledge of our services and enable you to use then to their full potential. The information provided is as accurate as possible at the time of issue, and is subject to periodic review, and revision should there be any significant developments.

QEH Pathology general user manual

Blood Sciences User Handbook for QEH

Microbiology User Guide for UHL and QEH 

From Monday 4 July 2016, the microbiology laboratory at University Hospital Lewisham will be consolidated onto the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site.  From this date all microbiology samples from within the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, and all GP work from the Greenwich, Bexley and Lewisham boroughs will be analysed at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital site.

Cellular Pathology User Handbook


Who are the services for?

Pathology receives samples from patients in the following areas:

  • Acute inpatients
  • Inpatients
  • Outpatients
  • GP Direct Access
  • Private providers

Any new developments?

A major equipment refresh is planned, including the following:

  • New Chemistry analysers with both pre and post analytical support
  • A new track system for Haematology
  • Total automation of Microbiology

How can I refer to the service?

There is no self-referral, patients can be referred by medical staff, nursing staff and GPs.

Key Staff

Robin Sanham, General Manager

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