Pathology Services

Pathology Services

The comprehensive range of pathology services offered by the Department of Pathology at Addenbrooke’s Hospital is fully supported by consultant-grade staff. The aim is to provide, interpret and report analytical results with appropriate attention to quality, speed and economy, and when appropriate, provide advice on any further investigations that are indicated.

The Pathology Partnership – a new era of pathology

The Pathology Partnership is a joint venture between six NHS Trusts in the East of England that have come together to modernise delivery of pathology services for hospitals, GPs and patients. The Partnership was formed in response to changes driven by commissioners and NHS England to transform pathology services and follows the best practice recommendations set out in the Carter Report on Pathology 2008.

The six Trusts in the joint venture are:

By consolidating pathology services into a network of laboratories across a wider geographical area, the partnership will deliver significant efficiencies and benefits for patients, hospitals and GP surgeries. Each hospital within the Partnership has an on-site pathology service focusing on promptly turning round critical tests for patients in their own hospitals. The laboratories will operate on a hub and satellite model. Non-urgent GP testing will be consolidated at the hub laboratories in Cambridge and Ipswich. Smaller satellite laboratories will operate from the other locations within the Partnership and will focus on fast turnaround on critical tests for their own inpatients. This model of working allows the service to be more responsive to the requirements of hospitals and GPs. Microbiology for hospitals and GPs will be centralised at the hubs in Cambridge and Ipswich under the management of Public Health England.

Department of Pathology at Addenbrooke's Hospital
Clinical Biochemistry & ImmunologyThe NHS Department of Clinical Biochemistry and Immunology offers a routine and a 24-hour urgent service to Addenbrooke’s and to Primary Care. The Department is a tertiary referral centre for more specialised work. Virtually all sections of the NHS Department have an active research interest including several areas of ‘translational research. Research includes both local, national and international collaborations.
Clinical Haematology & Blood TransfusionThe Department of Clinical Haematology and Blood Transfusion is a fully accredited clinical laboratory which offers a comprehensive analytical, interpretive and consultative service. Clinical follow-up is instigated when necessary.
Histopathology & CytologyThe services provided by the Department of Histopathology and Cytology include the routine and specialised examination of tissue samples (including immunocytochemistry and electron microscopy), diagnostic screening of body fluids and aspirates, routine and diagnostic screening of cervical smears, diagnostic male infertility and post-vasectomy screening service, and hospital and coroner’s autopsies.
Tissue TypingThe Addenbrooke’s Hospital Histocompatibility and Immunogenetics (Tissue Typing) laboratory provides a specialist histocompatibility and immunogenetics service for the East of England region and is part of the NIHR Cambridge Biomedical Research Centre. The laboratory offers a comprehensive range of molecular and serological techniques to identify Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLA), Killer Cell Immunoglobulin-Like Receptor (KIR) typing and immunological sensitisation to HLA. These tests are performed in support of the regional solid organ and stem cell transplant programmes, in the differential diagnosis of HLA associated diseases and in pharmacogenomics (adverse drug reactions). The laboratory is responsible for the selection of HLA compatible donor and recipient pairs for renal and stem cell transplantation and for HLA typing, HLA specific antibody screening and crossmatching in support of the small intestinal, multi-visceral, hepatic and cardio-thoracic transplant programmes.
Clinical MicrobiologyAddenbrooke’s purchases its clinical microbiology service from the Health Protection Agency which shares premises with the other laboratory services comprising the Department of Pathology.
East Anglian Medical Genetics ServiceThe East Anglian Medical Genetics Service comprises Clinical Genetics and the Genetics Laboratories, (Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics) . The service is provided by an integrated team of doctors, genetic counsellors and laboratory scientists who are supported by secretarial and administrative staff.
Serum Screening Service

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