Blood Sciences

  • Biochemistry: study of chemicals and hormones in the blood and other fluids
  • Haematology: study of disorders in the blood
  • Blood Transfusion: a procedure for providing you blood from a compatible donor

Cell Sciences

  • Histopathology: study of disease in human cells and tissue
  • Nongynae Cytology: microscopial study of disease in human cells and tissue
  • Andrology: study of the male reproductive system

Infection Sciences

  • Microbiology: study of microbial infections
  • Virology: study of viral infections
  • Immunology: study of the body’s immune system


  • Phlebotomy: people trained in taking blood samples
  • Point of Care Testing (PoCT): samples analysed at the bedside or in a clinical setting

Each test has its own targeted turnaround time from when it reaches the department. If you would like to know more about the anticipated turnaround time for a specific test, please contact the department using the Service Contact information below.

Alternatively you can find more information on specific tests by visiting our Test Directory.

The Cumberland Infirmary pathology reception, located on the lower ground floor is open:

Weekdays 08:30am – 5pm

Saturdays 8am – 4:30pm

The West Cumberland Hospital pathology reception is not accessible to patients.

To discuss any area of your patient care with the pathology department, please email or contact 01228 814550 (Cumberland Infirmary), 01228 523433 (West Cumberland Hospital).

We are always pleased to hear any feedback or suggestions which help us to improve the services we offer.

Sometimes things may not go as planned. Voicing your concerns or making a complaint allows us to learn from your experience and improve the service for all our patients.

Information about making a complaint can be found by visiting the PALS Support and Advice page.

If you wish to discuss any concerns, compliments or general comments, please email We aim to make an initial response with 48 working hours of receipt of your email

If you want to learn more about pathology, or if you are interested in a career pathology please see below and contact the department by emailing if you would like to have an informal discussion.

Royal College of Pathologists

Institute of Biomedical Scientists

The Association of Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine