Pathology Handbook



For the following, dial 01702 435555, and then enter the relevant extension number

Results enquiries


Head of Department:

Dr Nada Elhag


Consultant Microbiologist


Laboratory Manager:

Mrs Denise Digby


Specialist Registrar


Pathology Operational Manager:

Mrs Jill Elliott


Working hours

The laboratories provide a 24-hour service.  The level of service varies according to the time of day:

Weekdays (Mon-Fri)

08:30 - 17:30 - Routine hours

17:30 - 08:30 - Essential work only

Weekends (Sat & Sun) & Bank holidays:

09:00 - 09:00 - Essential work only

Urgent tests

08:30 - 17:30 - Contact laboratory

17:30 - 08:30 - Contact Duty BMS via switchboard. 

Please note Duty BMS not on site during these hours

Retrospective tests

Please contact laboratory - availability depends on specimen type

Clinical advice

Microbiology clinical advice will be available to all staff grades from 09:00-22:00. Between 22:00 and 09:00 advice will only be given to consultants. The Duty BMS is unable to give clinical advice.

09:00 - 17:30 - Contact ext 5210 / 5211 / 6634

17:30 - 09:00 - Contact Duty Consultant via switchboard

Specimen labelling

Specimens will only be analysed if they are labelled in accordance with the departmental sample labelling policy.  Please read the Sample Acceptance Criteria for guidance.

Useful links

Information on a range of pathology tests, for the professional and lay person is available at

Please click here to read about our Infection Control service.