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.
Temporary amendments to service accreditation can be found in the
accreditation amendments section.
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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Occasionally testing is performed across pathology disciplines
using the technology within one department and reporting mechanisms
within another department. Examples of this work include Serology
testing, Flu, Intrinsic Factors and Anticardiolipins. These tests
can be found on the scope of accreditation for each department
involved in the testing.
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 Regulatory
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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'I cannot commend the clinic enough. It is marvellous we
have this service at all and well done to you all.'
Patient, Coronary Heart Disease / Heart Failure Service, Shotley
Bridge Community Hospital