Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

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Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

Current visiting times

After suspending visiting earlier in the year, we are now able to offer limited visiting to some wards at the discretion of the nurse in-charge.”

Read more on visiting times...


Messages for loved ones and keeping in touch

We recognise the impact that a long stay in hospital can have on families and the importance of maintaining strong communication.  Our ward staff are keeping in touch with patients’ next of kin directly and our Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS) can help pass on personal messages from family and friends.

Read more information about messages for loved ones…

During your stay in hospital you will meet a number of different members of staff.  All members of staff wear name badges, but if you are not sure who someone is or what they do, please feel free to ask them to introduce themselves and explain what they do. 

If you have any questions about your treatment, please ask a doctor or a nurse.

There are lots of opportunities for you to get involved with the Trust, from volunteering to attending our public meetings, our Annual General Meeting or our hospital open day which is held every year.

Pathology

Last updated: 22 April 2021

E level map

PATHOLOGY

Our Pathology Department provides a range of diagnostic services, specialist regional screening and general practitioner services from a purpose-built laboratory complex located on the Queen Alexandra Hospital site. 

The Pathology Handbook provides more detailed information about our service.

The Pathology test database provides information on the investigations that we provide.

Services include:

  • Andrology
  • Antenatal Screening
  • Anticoagulation testing
  • Bacteriology
  • Biochemistry
  • Blood Transfusion/Blood Bank
  • Cytology
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Haematology
  • Histology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular
  • Mortuary/Post Mortem
  • Newborn Screening
  • Specimen Reception
  • Virology

 

For more information there are several guidelines and supporting documents available in the Primary Care Information Portal:

 

Accreditations and licenses

Our laboratories are accredited to ISO 15189:2012 (medical laboratories - requirements for quality and competence).

Details of laboratories accredited to ISO 15189:2012 and their schedules of accreditation can be found on the UKAS website

We are also licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and our Hospital Blood Bank is subject to the Blood Safety Quality Regulations (2005) as enforced by the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

 

 

 
 
 

Opening hours

We are open from Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm.

Patients should aim to deliver pathology samples to Specimen Reception during the times stated above. 

Urgent samples may be delivered outside of these hours; please use the intercom outside the entrance to Pathology on E Level.

An emergency service operates at all other times and on Bank Holidays.  Please see the Pathology Handbook for further details.

Where to find us

The service is in the purpose-built Pathology Centre which is accessible via the link bridge on E Level.

Please use lift area 7 to reach Level E. Turn right out of the lift lobby onto the main hospital corridor.  The link bridge is on the left approximately three-quarters of the way along the corridor just before lift area 8. 

Pathology reception is located at the end of the link bridge.  Continue through the double doors and turn right at the end of the corridor.

Next of kin who have an appointment to see their recently deceased relative should make their way to the Accompanied Relative Entrance which is located outside of the Pathology Centre on Nightingale Road, close to the Southwick Gate entrance to the Queen Alexandra Hospital site.

Contact information

Please call our Pathology Helpdesk on 02392 286271. The line is open Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 5pm.

Email: PathologySupport@porthosp.nhs.uk

 

Service information

Information for patients requiring a blood test is provided here.

Non-maternity patients who have been asked by their doctor to make an appointment for a glucose tolerance test (GTT) should contact the Pathology Helpdesk on 02392 286271 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm). 

Requests for sweat tests should be telephoned to 02392 286271 (Monday to Friday, 9am to 4.45pm).

For clinical haematology appointments please ring 02392 286311.

For the anticoagulant (Warfarin) clinic please ring 02392 286752 or 02392 286000 Ext 1772.

For andrology (male fertility testing) appointments please ring 02392 286799. 

For next of kin wishing to make an appointment to see a recently deceased relative please contact Bereavement Services.

Test results – pathology test results need to be interpreted, taking into account your personal medical history.  We believe this is best done by your doctor and for this reason we currently do not provide results to, or discuss results with, individual patients or their families. 

Please contact the healthcare professional who requested the tests in order to obtain your results.

Individuals wishing to see their own medical records may submit a subject access request via the Health Records department.

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