Pathology

The pathology service provided by Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population approaching 500,000 covering an area of north west Surrey and Middlesex.

On these pages you can find information about the departments and the services they perform for Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals NHS Trust.
About our departments:
Key documents:
You can also find our contact details.

Opening Times and Enquiries
General Enquiries: 01932 723039
  • Ashford: 0900 - 1630
  • St Peters: 0815 - 1900

Phlebotomy / Blood Tests
A phlebotomy (blood test) service is provided on the Ashford and St. Peter’s sites and at a number of surgeries and Health Centres in the area (listed below);


Ashford Hospital: Opening Hours
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays to 08.30 to 16.45
  • Wednesdays 08.00 - 16.45, this is a walk in service.
This service is for adults only children 10 and under can not be seen without an appointment, to book an appointment ring Merlin day unit on 01784 884396 or for an appointment at St Peters Oak ward on 01932722016 between 09.00 – 13.00.


St Peter's Hospital: Opening Hours

For Hospital patients only:
  • 09.00 - 16.45 Monday to Friday
This service is for adults only children should book an appointment by ringing St Peters Oak ward on 01932722016 or Merlin Ward for Ashford appointments on 01784 884396.

The blood test department is on level 2 of the main building. From the main entrance, take the corridor to the right of pharmacy.

Anticoagulation
For more information about our Anticoagulation clinic, please click here.

INR blood tests for Anticoagulation patients will not be taken on Fridays, weekends and bank holidays.

Semen Samples
Semen samples are to be delivered to the Cytology Department via the Pathology Reception at St. Peter’s Hospital between the hours of 09:00 – 12:00 Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays) and within 1 hour of production.

Pathology Requesting Guidelines
The database for Pathology is very large. Approximately 5½ million tests are carried out per annum. Each day the directorate receives 2,000 Biochemistry and Haematology samples, 800 Microbiology Samples, up to 150 Histology and Cytology samples. There is therefore ample scope for errors in specimen identification and the possibility of issuing incorrect results. Adherence to this requesting procedure is essential to reduce or eliminate these errors.

Inadequate patient identification or inadequate labelling at the point of sample collection may lead to Pathology results being assigned to the wrong patient or incorrect results being assigned.

This may have serious consequences for the patient. The directorate follows the requesting guidelines as laid out by the Institute of Biomedical Science. (IBMS)

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