The County Durham and Darlington foundation Trust's (CDDFT)
Pathology service has laboratories located at University Hospital
of North Durham and the Darlington Memorial Hospital. There is also
on-site presence for sample receipt at Bishop Auckland
Diagnostic testing is an integral part of the healthcare
equation. Almost nothing happens, whether diagnosing a disease or
monitoring a therapy, without a laboratory test.
We provide a high quality diagnostic and consultative service to
clinical users of County Durham and Darlington Foundation Trust and
to primary and secondary care providers in the locality.
Pathology is led by our Clinical Director Dr Paul
Barrett, together with the Pathology Senior Management Team
consisting of Clinical and Scientific staff.
The departments are split into specialties led by a Clinical
Lead and a Scientific Lead/Manager. The specialties are as
CDDFT Pathology Service holds full accreditation (excluding the
Andrology Service) and complies with all legislative requirements
governing the practices and competence of Medical Laboratories.
Microbiology in July 2019 voluntarily suspended part of
the scope of accredited tests while work is carried out to
rebuild the containment level 3 laboratory at UHND. During
this time work will be process at the Darlington
During this period, certain tests will not be included
in the laboratory's UKAS scope of accreditation (9341). This does
not affect the quality or standards of the results produced; it is
a temporary state while the department awaits re-assessment at the
end of summer.
The accreditation will be reinstated once all UKAS
requirements have been demonstrated after the rebuild has been
completed. the following test are now off scope for
for further information please contact the Pathology
Quality Manager firstname.lastname@example.org
The individual laboratories undertake accreditation
assessment through the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
(UKAS) to ISO 15189:2012 standards. For further
information on the tests accredited within each UKAS accredited
department, please go to the following weblink :
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Andrology services are provided, but as a non-accredited
service. The pathology service is licensed under the terms and
conditions of HTA (Human Tissue Authority) and complies with
regulatory standards as required by MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare
Where appropriate all scientific and clinical staff are
registered through the appropriate council (Royal College of
Pathologists - Clinical Staff, Health Care Professions Council -
The majority of requested tests are catered for in-house; only a
small percentage is referred elsewhere due to their specialist
nature or because the low volume makes testing uneconomic.
The directorate has consistently achieved good results in
benchmarking audits and surveys.
Biochemistry, Haematology & Transfusion and Microbiology
provide a 24 hour acute service on a shift basis (Blood Sciences)
or via On-call provision (Microbiology).
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