Pathology Handbook

Notice Board - Latest in Pathology: 22/10/2019

Following our latest accreditation visit by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service in October 2019 we have updated our list of tests which are currently not accredited. To view this list click on the link directly below this box.

For a list of Pathology tests that are currently not accredited - click here.

Key Pathology Information - Quick Access Table

Blood Sample Collection Guide (PDF) 

Pathology-wide list of blood tests with information on which blood tube to use, how many tubes are required and any other special instructions relevant to each test.

Time limits for Requesting Additional Tests               

Vacutainer Guide and Order of Draw 

Overview of blood tube types and the tests for which they are suitable, including draw order for multiple tubes

Specimen Storage Guide 

For when a delay in transporting specimens to the laboratory is unavoidable

Biochemistry Tests A-Z

  • Fasting adult reference ranges
  • Which tube colour to use
  • Turnaround times
Turnaround Times (PDF) 
Haematology Tests A-Z

  • Fasting adult reference ranges
  • Which tube colour to use
  • Turnaround times
Pathology Computer System

  • Printable 'Result Enquiry User Guide'
  • How to gain access to look up Pathology results
  • Result Enquiry training process
Blood Transfusion Investigations

  • Which tube type to use for which test
  • Turnaround times
  • Two sample rule
Contact the Laboratory

  • List of staff and laboratory telephone numbers
  • Submit a question / suggestion / complaint
 Microbiology Specimens

  • Description on how to collect specimens
  • Which specimen containers to use
Testing Times Newsletters (PDF)

Current and back copies of the pathology newsletter - printable

Cellular Pathology Specimens including:

Quality of Service

  • Pathology Quality Policy
  • Quality control
  • Audit
  • External Assessment
  • Uncertainty of measurement

North Devon Pathology Service is part of the Northern Devon Healthcare Trust and based at the North Devon District Hospital in Barnstaple.

The pages within this Pathology website are designed for health professionals who use our service. It is not intended to provide information for the general public.

What does a Laboratory Pathology Service Do?

The Pathology Service is at the heart of the medical team providing other professionals with vital scientific information that allows them to do their job properly. When a major incident occurs it is Pathology staff that ensure the right amount of blood reaches the right patient at the right time. We measure vital blood chemicals to monitor patient conditions and detect signs of internal bleeding. Accident and emergency wards would shut down, organ transplants could not take place and premature babies would struggle to survive without our support. Whenever you have a sample taken from you by a doctor or nurse, it is usually analysed by a biomedical scientist in a Pathology laboratory. Quite simply, without our help and support doctors would frequently be unable to diagnose diseases properly or treat their patients effectively.

NOTE: If printed, information on this page is only valid on day of printing.

Last updated: October 26, 2019