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Pathology is the scientific study of the nature of disease and its causes, processes, development, and consequences.

Our pathology service includes the pathology laboratories and the cytogenetics laboratory, which together provide a comprehensive testing and screening service for Leicester's hospitals, as well as the communities of Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland.
A rack of test tubes filled with green coloured liquid
Pathology also manages the mortuary services within the trust. The mortuary services provide facilities for hospital clinicians, the city and county councils, coroners, and for families of the recently deceased.

COVID-19 - update to UHL Pathology Laboratory test result turnaround times

As a pathology service we are making every effort to ensure that we maintain the turnaround times of our tests during these challenging times.  Over the next few weeks we will need to prioritise critical and time sensitive tests many of which need to be delivered 24/7 and this may require re-deployment of staff. In this setting, the turn round times of some less urgent tests may not meet those stated in the Pathology handbooks. Please be assured that we are monitoring this regularly so we can deliver the best service possible under the current circumstances.  This situation  is likely to continue for the next 8-12 weeks and may extend beyond this but we will keep you informed. If there are specific issues please discuss these with the laboratory.

See Departmental pages for service contact information. 

New virtual behind the scenes of pathology labs available now.

Check the User Engagement page to see more.

Related links:

Careers in Biomedical Science
A guide to Biomedical Science as a career choice, from the Institute of Biomedical Science

A guide to laboratory tests, from The Association of Clinical Biochemists

The Royal College of Pathologists
Professional organisation for pathologists