Our Services

Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory medicine underpins the diagnosis, monitoring and management of disease.

Increasingly its role extends beyond the laboratory in screening and earlier detection of disease.

Service user feedback 2022 – 2023 

Test Information for Patients

Lab tests online – Please use this website as a searchable database for laboratory test information.

We use an online booking system for patients over the age of 18, who meet certain criteria. 

Please visit our Blood Test page to make or cancel an appointment.

Please call 01204 390923 to book an appointment.

Please ensure you have the blood test form to hand when you phone the department.

The haematology laboratory is concerned with the diagnosis and monitoring of diseases of the blood and blood forming organs.

These include anaemia, blood clotting and bleeding disorders and cancers such as leukaemia and myeloma. Testing is performed using both automated and manual examinations of blood cells and proteins including haemoglobin and clotting factors.

Blood Transfusion supports the treatment of many patients, and in some cases is life-saving.

The service is very strictly regulated to maintain the quality and safety of this vital service.

Biochemical tests are carried out on blood and CSF (cerebrospinal) samples. The department uses both manual techniques as well as automated analysers.

Results provided by this department give guidance on such things as fluid imbalance, the state of the liver and kidney function, diagnosis and management of diabetes, causes of hormone disorders (such as infertility), thyroid monitoring, and monitoring of cancer therapy.

The Department of Laboratory Medicine at Bolton performs serum Antenatal Screening for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome as part of the Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (FASP) offered to all pregnant women in England.

The service covers over 70 clinics throughout Greater Manchester, Cheshire & Merseyside, Lancashire, North Midlands and Scotland, processing over 50,000 samples for Down’s, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndromes chance calculations per annum. The laboratory is run by a team of dedicated clinical and biomedical scientists and support staff.

Quality Assurance:  The service subscribes to the 6-monthly Down’s Syndrome Screen Quality Assurance Support Service (DQASS), with excellent results.

A UKAS accredited medical laboratory No. 9925.

Bolton Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Antenatal Screening Handbook

The service provided by this department looks for minute (microbial) organisms (such as MRSA), viruses (such as Hepatitis), fungi and parasites (such as threadworm) in faeces, urine, sputum and blood samples.  When the infection, or parasite, is identified then the right course of treatment can then be started.

The Infection Control team liaises with this department to ensure outbreaks like norovirus are kept under tight control.

This department looks at tissue samples taken from the body to check for conditions such as cancer.

These samples may be taken from the body when on the ward, during surgery or post mortem.

The study of sperm to determine male fertility and confirm infertility following vasectomy is performed by the Cellular Pathology (Histopathology) laboratory.

The Mortuary is situated in the department of Laboratory Medicine at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

Visitors are asked to proceed up the corridor from the A block square and to then ring the bell to gain access.

This handbook provides information about Laboratory Medicine service’s which encompass the Service Areas of Blood Sciences.

Please do not save, as this assay finder is updated on a regular basis. If test is not located in this assay finder please check the Laboratory Medicine Handbook or contact the appropriate department.

Any test that has not been accredited by UKAS to ISO 15189:2012 is clearly identified within the Assay Finder

Feedback form; please feel free to feedback any comments/suggestions in order to help us improve our service to you.

Service locations

Royal Bolton Hospital

Key contact numbers

Blood test appointments

Tel: 01204 390923

Laboratory Medicine

Tel: 01204 390516


Tel: 01204 390511

Reception desk

Tel: 01204 390508

Meet the team

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