Cellular pathology

Cellular Pathology services at St George’s Hospital are part of South West London Pathology which is an NHS partnership set up by St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust, to provide a single, integrated pathology service across South West London and beyond.

For more information about South West London Pathology visit the website www.swlpath.nhs.uk

South West London Pathology

Most pathology services are provided from the main ‘hub’ laboratory based at St George’s and ‘spoke’ Clinical Blood Science laboratories at the other hospital sites (Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Croydon Health Services NHS Trust).  This ensures that essential clinical services such as A&E, theatres and obstetrics continue to receive the same level of pathology support.  It also enables local knowledge and clinical expertise to be retained within each Trust, but the whole partnership benefits from the larger scale and improved technology that can be provided through the establishment of a ‘hub’ laboratory.

Services included in South West London Pathology

  • Cellular Pathology – Cytology, Histology
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Clinical Blood Sciences – Haematology, Blood Transfusion, Protein Reference Unit and Immunology, Biochemistry


  • Autopsy Pathology services. This service is not part of South West London Pathology. This includes the one per cent of hospital deaths without a clear cause, a regional service for babies dying at birth and some coroner’s autopsies.