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Our Pathology Services are staffed by scientists dedicated to getting right result.  We provide a pathology service to Whiston, St Helens, Southport and Ormskirk hospitals and the surrounding community. Each year the laboratories perform over 6.5 million tests which are dealt with by medical, scientific, clerical and support staff in the below departments:

Point of Care Testing (POCT)


Specimen Reception







Quality Management

It is our tests and research that helps provide the science behind potential cures for a range of diseases.

Pathology Accreditation:

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Pathology departments is accredited to ISO15189: Click here  to access the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS) website and type the department's UKAS ID to access the schedule of accreditation for each of the department:

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Cellular Pathology

Haematology & Transfusion


Please note due to replacement of Biochemistry analysers at Whiston site, a numbers of Biochemistry (8871) and Serology (8857) tests have been voluntarily withdrawn from scope of accreditation to ISO15189 effective from the 25th of November 2019, please click here to see list. 

No Location No Clinician Details Provided on Pathology Request:

We receive some 400 request each month where we are not provided with details of the ordering Clinician and/or location to which the report should be issued. In those instances the Pathology department will hold the results on file for 30 years. Any results that fall into our category for actioning we shall endeavour to try and best locate the patient’s clinician/GP and phone the results back to them. Please note there will be results that fall outside reference range but will not be phoned. It is the responsibility of the requesting clinician to provide sufficient details on the request form to ensure the laboratory is then able to report the results back to the correct requesting clinician.

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Senior Team Members

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​Pathology is located in Nightingale House (lower ground floor) at the Whiston Hospital site

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Other Information

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Patients are eligible for free NHS treatment at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching hospitals NHS Trust if they are: Ordinarily resident in the UK or: Overseas visitors, but entitled to free NHS services under the National Health Service (Charges to Overseas Visitors) Regulations

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