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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Pathology and Laboratories

Laboratory investigations are essential for almost every patient who comes into contact with the hospitals and an increasing number of patients receiving treatment in the community.

More than three quarters of all medical diagnoses rely on laboratory investigations.

The department carries out over six and a half million tests each year. Most tests carried out by laboratory scientists are done on blood, urine or other fluid or tissue samples. Within these are some routine tests that are performed in very large numbers and others which are rare and complex.

Our laboratory services

For external organisations ordering tests from us: please note that, by sending us a sample and completed request form, you will be entering into an agreement based on our Terms and Conditions:

Information on turnaround times, tests available and ordering process can be found on this website, or you can contact us using the contact details listed on the individual laboratory websites.

If you intend referring work for the first time to any of our laboratories, or you intend a significant change (considered to be an increase of greater than 20 percent by activity), please contact the relevant laboratory prior to referral, so that the laboratory can assure you that they have the capacity and resources to meet your request.

If you are unsure of the specific laboratory, please contact Andrew Platt, Haematology Quality Manager.

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