Chemical pathology

Chemical Pathology services at St George’s Hospital are now part of South West London Pathology which is a 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.

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South West London Pathology

South West London Pathology began operating as a new integrated service on 1 April 2014. Most pathology services are provided from the main ‘hub’ laboratory based at St George’s and ‘spoke’ Clinical Blood Science laboratories will be retained 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

The partnership officially started on 1 April 2014 and the following services are included:

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


Services from St George’s

The Chemical Pathology service forms part of the Clinical Blood Sciences laboratory. This modern, state-of-the-art laboratory is open for a complete range of tests 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

Chemical Pathology, also sometimes called Clinical Biochemistry or Chemistry, performs chemical analysis of blood. Although most tests are normally carried out on serum or plasma tests are also performed on urine and other body fluids. These lab tests can be used to help to diagnose a range of diseases; however, they are especially important in preventing, diagnosing, treating and monitoring heart disease and cancer. The Department of Chemical Pathology at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has an international reputation for developing and studying tests for heart disease.

As well as a results service, there is an interpretation and advice service for all healthcare professionals, especially for local GPs, clinical nurse specialists and other healthcare professionals in the community. This covers an explanation of tests results and advice on whether further tests or medical assessment may be appropriate.

There is also a clinical service (within the Cardiology department) for the assessment and treatment of lipid disorders (cholesterol and triglycerides) in adults and children, and prevention of first or subsequent heart attack in patients at high risk of, or with known, heart disease.

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