Laboratory Medicine

Welcome to the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

  • We provide a local, regional and national diagnostic service in all laboratory medicine disciplines.
  • Laboratory investigations are performed and the results of laboratory tests are made available to patients through their clinicians. 
  • Clinical advice is available on the ordering of examinations and on the interpretation of examination results.
  • We comply with the standards set by International standard ISO 15189, AML-BB, EU Directive 2002/98/EC, HIQA and INAB for the services and tests defined in the Laboratory User Manual and the Quality Manual. 
  • An emergency service is available outside of routine working hours for defined testing services. 

Opening Hours
Monday to Friday 08.00 - 18.00hrs
Saturday 09.30 - 13.00hrs

Laboratory Manager
Damian Lally
Tel: (01) 6373100

For more information click on each section below.

Laboratory Medicine Introduction

User Manual

Quality Manual

Quality Policy


Consultant Service

Consultant services are available for Anatomic Pathology, Biochemistry, Blood Transfusion, Haematology and Microbiology. These services are available as required 24/7 via telephone.

Anatomic Pathology
Dr Paul Downey, Director of Pathology and Consultant Pathologist
Tel: (01) 637 3100

Orla Maguire, Consultant Clinical Chemist
Tel: (01) 637 3456 (NMH) or (01) 2214607 (SVUH)

Blood Transfusion, Haematology and Haemovigilance
Dr Joan Fitzgerald, Consultant Haematologist
Tel: (01) 637 3100 (NMH) or (01) 2213125 (SVUH)

Dr Susan Knowles, Consultant Microbiologist
Tel: (01) 637 3100


Anatomic Pathology


The Anatomic Pathology laboratory deals with the gross and microscopic analysis of human tissue.  Anatomic Pathology utilizes various techniques to process tissue and demonstrate tissue components in normal and diseased states.

Paula Whyte, Chief Medical Scientist

Tel: (01) 637 3180

Pathology Administration
Tel: (01) 637 3531


Blood Transfusion

The hospital Blood Bank provides routine and emergency group and compatibility testing for obstetric, gynaecological and paediatric patients.  The Blood Transfusion laboratory provides a stock of manufactured blood products including solvent detergent plasma, albumin and Anti-D immunoglobulin.

Service is provided for intrauterine transfusion.

Cord bloods are assessed for Rh status and Anti-D immunoglobulin issued as appropriate.

Aoife Reynolds, Chief Medical Scientist
Tel: (01) 637 3547

Clinical Chemistry

The Clinical Biochemistry laboratory provides routine and emergency biochemistry testing for obstetric, gynaecological and paediatric patients. 

Catherine Doughty, Chief Medical Scientist
Tel: (01) 637 3547


The Haematology laboratory provides routine and emergency haematology testing for obstetric, gynaecological and paediatric patients.

Laura Kennedy, Chief Medical Scientist
Tel: (01) 637 3548


All haemovigilance incidents are documented and reported to the National Haemovigilance Office.  The Blood Bank is committed in conjunction with the Haemovigilance Officer to providing a reporting mechanism that assists the quality management review process.  The Consultant Haematologist is responsible for the haemovigilance/traceability activity.

Bridget Carew, Haemovigilance Officer
Tel: (01) 637 3100


The Microbiology laboratory provides routine and emergency microbial identification and susceptibility testing for obstetric, gynaecological and paediatric patients.  They also provide this service for the Royal Victoria Eye and Ear Hospital (RVEEH). The service for the surveillance of infectious diseases is supported.

Anya Curry, Chief Medical Scientist
Tel: (01) 637 3533

Specimen Reception Contact

Specimen Reception / Specimen Dispatch

Tel: (01) 637 3178 / (01) 637 3545 / (01) 637 3410