Pathology Services

Pathology Services

A new era of pathology

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.

Transforming Pathology Partnership

Cambridge University Hospitals, along with six other Trusts, is jointly bidding to become one of a number of super pathology hubs in the East of England and to link this to its own proposals to exploit commercial opportunities.


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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