The Laboratory Medicine department can be found on the first floor of Weston General Hospital, opposite Sandford ward. It is signposted from the foyer and on the first floor adjacent to the main stairwell and lift area.


Information for Users

The services provided from Pathology include;

  • Chemical Pathology laboratory
  • Haematology laboratory
  • Blood Transfusion laboratory
  • Essential Services lab 
  • Mortuary

For general pathology information, please view our Pathology User Guide:

For test and discipline specific information, please refer to our discipline User Guides:

For User Survey results, please see below:


Quality Management and Accreditation

Weston General Laboratory Medicine currently holds accreditation with UKAS for ISO 15189:2012 for the majority of its tests. The full accreditation scope can be found by searching our UKAS number (8382) on the UKAS website: Search UKAS accredited organisations. Additionally, the Blood Transfusion Laboratory is MHRA Compliant and the Mortuary service holds a HTA license.

The Laboratory participates in approved External Quality Assessment (EQA) schemes covering the test repertoire performed on site. The laboratory also has a system of internal audits, customer satisfaction surveys, policies for monitoring of complaints and test turnaround times which together aim to ensure that standards are met, and improvements are made to ensure we provide a high quality and continuously improving service to our users.

The accreditation status of our chosen referral laboratories can be found on the UKAS website and is checked regularly to confirm that these laboratories are working to the correct ISO standards and are thus participating in approved EQA schemes for the tests performed by them. Please refer to our user handbooks below to find out which tests are referred and to which laboratories.

Please note the Laboratories are currently (2023-24) undergoing a managed service contract change which means a replacement to a large number of our analysers. Please see the attached letter for more information and the attached tables providing you with information regarding which tests are changing platforms and the status of their accreditation during this period.


Gen 6

The Laboratory Medicine department across UHBW utilises the Winpath Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Due to the limitations of this system, we are currently unable to fully meet the requirements of the UKAS publication GEN 6 – Reference to accreditation and multilateral recognition signatory status.

 The Gen 6 publication sets out the requirements of laboratory reports for the appropriate use of UKAS logos and the need to identify tests that are accredited and distinguish from those that are not. Whilst it is possible to enter a short statement at the end of each report, the referencing of the accreditation status of tests on the same page as test results, could interfere with the interpretation of pathology results (particularly those that have interpretive comments or a high number of assays reported). Instead, the department highlights those reports that contain tests that are not currently on our scope of accreditation. This can be found by searching our UKAS number (8382) on the UKAS website: Search UKAS accredited organisations.