Pathology

What we do

Pathology services are provided by the Coventry and Warwickshire Pathology Service (CWPS), a network providing diagnostic tests for inpatients and outpatients served by South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, George Eliot Hospital Nuneaton, University Hospital Coventry and Burton Hospitals NHS Trust.

Our services include blood sciences, microbiology and histopathology departments. We also provide a phlebotomy (blood-taking) service.

We provide a 24/7 service to clinicians with many of our tests provided within one hour. Our teams include consultant pathologists, biomedical scientists, clinical scientists and biomedical assistants.

The Blood Sciences Laboratory analyses blood samples, including cell numbers and cell types, plus a large number of chemical constituents in the blood that provide vital information on body and organ function. Blood transfusion provides red cells and other blood products.

Histopathology involves the study of tissue samples taken from patients, either during an operation, or in outpatient clinics or post-mortem examinations. Microscopic examination of the sample provides diagnosis of a wide variety of diseases and abnormalities, such as inflammatory disorders, benign growths and cancers.

Microbiology and virology departments analyse a wide variety of tissue samples and body fluids to enable the diagnosis and management of diseases caused by micro-organisms, i.e. bacteria, fungi, viruses, protozoa and parasites.

Contact and location

Blood Sciences Laboratory, Warwick Hospital
Tel: +44 (0)1926 495321 Ext 4229

Histopathology Department is based in the Pathology Labotatory, opposite the main Warwick Hospital site on Lakin Road.

Microbiology and virology diagnostic services are based within the Pathology Department at University Hospital, Coventry.

Phlebotomy Department (blood taking) is based in the Main Outpatient Department at Warwick and Stratford Hospitals. Opening hours for blood tests are;

Warwick Hospital Outpatients; Monday to Thursday 08.30-16.45 and Friday 08.30-12.30

Stratford Hospital Outpatients; Monday to Friday 08.30-12.30, plus afternoon clinics on Monday and Wednesday from 2.00-3.30pm

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