Our pathology department, or laboratory medicine as it is sometimes known, provides laboratory and testing services and specialises in detecting disease through a variety of investigative techniques. Our work is vital in finding an accurate and early diagnosis and improving the prospects for treatment.
Barnsley and Rotherham Integrated Laboratory Services
The Directorate of laboratory Medicine provides in-house routine diagnostic services for Blood Sciences, Blood Transfusion and Microbiology, with 24/7 unbroken support for emergency medicine. A routine Histopathology service is provided along with mortuary and post mortem facilities to serve the Trust and the district coroner.
Over recent years, the Pathology departments at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust and Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been working together to strengthen our alliance with the aim of progressing to a fully merged Pathology service. This merger will result in significantly improved services to both our GP and hospital based users.
This document identifies which tests are performed on each site.
Details of referral laboratories used to perform tests can be provided upon request.
Read about the various roles and work that our teams are involved in to ensure a first-class service for people across Rotherham and Barnsley.
Blood Science automation replacement project update
Blood Sciences services at Barnsley and Rotherham Hospitals are in the process
of replacing their main analysers and robotics. This £3m investment
in NHS services started last year, but was paused due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With pandemic pressure on the NHS easing, along
with easing of government imposed COVID-19 restrictions, the project is now
Progress made in July
very pleased to report that good progress was made during July, with Rotherham
seeing their new Coagulation analysers go live on 14 July and
Barnsley went live on their new set of Haematology analysers on 30
July. The teams worked tirelessly to ensure that this process was seemless for
our users and patients.
Rotherham with the new Coagulation analysers:
the Barnsley Haematology team with the new analyers:
Plans for September
the next major stage of the project in September, we will be going live onto
the new Chemistry analysers, which includes new middleware. Now the go live
process has been mapped in detail, we know that there will be a short period of
electronic downtime to enable the transition to the new analyser systems and
middleware. This is planned to happen in the early morning of Monday 21
September for Rotherham and early morning of Wednesday 23
September for Barnsley. The downtime will be a maximum of 4 hours, which will
not prevent urgent samples being processed, but will mean that electronic
results are delayed until the new middleware is repointed and tested to ensure
it is transmitting correctly. During this brief period, urgent results will be
telephoned through to the clinical areas. Routine work, such as GP samples and
outpatients are unlikely to be affected as the new systems will be up and running
before the daily routine work arrives in the Lab.
Coagulation analysers on the Barnsley site are planned to go live in September.
Similar to the go live of the Rotherham Coagulation analysers in July,
mentioned above, this will be a seemless transition without any impact to our
Last phase of the project
September to November, we will be replacing the robotics at the Barnsley
Blood Sciences Laboratory. This means that the thousands of samples from across
Barnsley and Rotherham that are normally delivered to the bank of analysers by
the automation each day, will need to be loaded by hand. BRILS is taking
all possible steps to prevent any impact on the services to our users during
this period by deploying additional staff. However, this may result in slightly
lengthened turnaround times for routine test requests. Urgent work will
be prioritised and we do not anticipate any change to turnaround times for
these samples. We aim to maintain a full service for the hospital, GPs and
other healthcare professionals throughout the replacement project.
stated turnaround time for routine GP work is 24 hours, but most tests have
results within a couple of hours of receipt in the Lab. The likelihood of any
impact on user experience from the analyser replacement programme is very low,
but slightly lengthened turnaround times are possible. For routine GP samples,
we expect this to be in the order of taking 20 minutes longer to process than
normal because of the requirement to manually load these onto the analysers. So
if a test normally has a result in say 1 hour 30 mins, it may be 1 hour 50 mins
whilst we have no track. We have an additional 8 staff members that have been
employed to manually transfer samples, so we are confident that the impact will
be minimal, even at peak times. GP samples marked urgent will be prioritised,
as they are now. The service level has been planned on routine activity levels
from GPs and internally, not on the recently reduced activity due to covid, therefore
we are confident that we will still be able to deliver timely test results to
GPs, even when activity returns to pre-covid levels.
end of this project, anticipated to be completed by November 2020, Barnsley and
Rotherham Hospitals will have enhanced the service they provide, due to the
installation of state of the art analysers and automation, with additional
If you require any
further information or assistance please contact Annette Davis-Green on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07825 194 957
The Laboratory is situated on ‘A’ level (top floor). Following the signs for Pathology, at junction 2 go down the corridor opposite the lifts and the Pathology department is first on the left through the double wooden doors. Pathology Reception is straight ahead.
For departmental opening times please refer to the departmental webpage.
Below are a list of key contacts within the Laboratory Medicine directorate.
Additional contact information is provided within individual departmental web pages.
Dr Magdalena Turzyniecka and Dr Rokiah Ali
Tel : 01709 424051 / 01709 425338
Head of Pathology (BRILS Operations)
Tel: 01226 432787 (Barnsley) / 01709 424023 (Rotherham)
BRILS Manager (Strategy)
Tel : 01226 432787 (Barnsley) / 01709 424023 (Rotherham)
Tel : 01226 432289 (Barnsley) / 01709 424008 (Rotherham)
Departmental key contacts are available on their respective webpages.
within the Laboratory Medicine Service provided at The Rotherham NHS
Foundation Trust are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No. 9623.
laboratories work in line with the ISO 15189:2012 standard. The ISO 15189 standard is an international standard
which outlines the requirement for quality and competence for Medical
Laboratories. The ISO standard has replaced the Clinical Pathology
Accreditation (CPA) standards, which the laboratory has been accredited to
since their introduction in 1996.
accreditation process involves annual visits by the United Kingdom
Accreditation Service (UKAS) to ensure compliance against the standard.
provides assurance to the users of the Pathology service that we are providing
the best quality service.
full list of all accredited tests provided by the laboratory is detailed in our
Schedule of Accreditation at the link below:
tests provided by the laboratory are not included within the Schedule of
Accreditation. These tests are managed within the Laboratory Quality Management
System. If further information is required please contact the laboratory via
the contact details on their web page.
Laboratory Medicine complies with the BEIS Policy ‘The National Accreditation Logo & Symbols:
Conditions for use by UKAS and UKAS accredited organisations (June 2018)’ and
we therefore kindly request that where
our users make reference to the accreditation status of our service, that they
use the phrase “a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No. 9623”.
Sample and request labelling
The responsibility for requesting a laboratory service or test lies with an authorised and trained practitioner (normally a Clinician). It is the responsibility of the requester to ensure that the identity of the patient is confirmed and that all samples are correctly labelled and request forms are completed to agreed standards in accordance with the Laboratory Medicine Sample Acceptance Procedure, failure to do so may result in the sample being rejected.
Procedures for requesting urgent tests are located within departmental handbooks located on their respective webpage.
Preparation for the patient and consent requirements
Certain tests require patient consent to be given due to the nature of the testing and the consequences of the results. Any genetics testing requested must have the patient’s informed consent prior to taking the sample. When the electronic order is generated, it is understood that the Doctor named on the form has discussed the consequences of the results with the patient and obtained consent. Any manual forms must be signed by the Doctor to indicate that consent has been obtained. Any special considerations for the preparation of a patient or requirements for the sample are provided in the departmental handbooks located on the department’s webpage. Please refer to the information in the handbooks prior to taking samples.
Before collecting Patient samples please refer to the department user handbook for information on the type and amount of the sample required and the sample container including any additives if required. The handbook will also outline any special timings for the sample and instructions for the inclusion of clinical information relevant to or affecting sample collection, test performance or result interpretation (e.g. History of administration of drugs, fasting sample).
Blood Samples must be collected in line with the local Venepuncture procedure. The person collecting the sample should be identified on the request form and sample.
Completing the request form
Samples for Blood Sciences and Microbiology can be requested using electronic ordercomms systems (Meditech and SunQuest ICE). The use of electronic ordercomms reduces the number of sample rejections as it prompts for mandatory information required by the laboratory to carry out testing and it also speeds up the sample receipt process.
Handwritten request forms must comply with the Laboratory Medicine Sample Acceptance Procedure.
Requesting the clinician and location
Please ensure that the clinician and requesting location are completed and legible on the handwritten request form. Failure to do so may lead to a delay in processing.
Please note that abbreviations may result in the incorrect clinician or location being selected and as a consequence, the results for the patient may be sent back to another clinician.
Whilst the laboratory staff make every effort to minimise errors, staff can only book samples into the system with the information they are provided with.
Clinical details should also be included on the request. These can be significant to the results obtained and, in some cases, insufficient clinical details may mean that the request is rejected.
'Danger of infection' stickers
Samples from patients with blood borne virus diseases constitute a particular hazard to laboratory staff. All infectious or potentially infectious specimens and their accompanying request forms should be clearly marked with “Danger of Infection” stickers. The range of investigations available on such specimens may be limited. Please contact the laboratory for further information.
Transport of specimens to the laboratory
Transport from wards and other areas within the Trust
Pathology specimens are potentially infectious and hazardous. Care must be taken to minimise the risks to staff when transporting specimens in the Air Tube chute system or in metal transport boxes. The collection and transportation of samples are also critical factors affecting the quality of results. It is essential, therefore, that users of the service adhere to the Sample Transport Procedure for Wards.
Samples from patients with blood borne virus diseases constitute a particular hazard to laboratory staff. All infectious or potentially infectious specimens and their accompanying request forms should be clearly marked with “Danger of Infection” stickers. Do not send samples labelled as danger of infection in the air tube system.
Transport from community premises (GPs) and other sources outside the Trust
Samples that are transported by road using hospital transport vans or taxi must comply with the Sample Transport for the Community Procedure in order to comply with the Carriage of Dangerous Goods Act.
Laboratory Medicine is committed to ensuring the confidentiality of all patient sensitive information.
All data and information acquired while providing the services of the laboratory is handled in strict accordance with the Trust Confidentiality Policy. This ensures data is managed in compliance with all relevant legal obligations, standards and guidelines and professional codes of conduct.
The Pathology Confidentiality Policy builds on the Trust’s Confidentiality Policy in giving clear guidelines on the transmission of patients’ Pathology results and reports.
If you have any concerns about the services provided by the laboratory please let us know using any of the contact options provided above.
Formal complaints can be made through the Trust Patient Experience Team http://www.therotherhamft.nhs.uk/yourexperience/
Periodically Laboratory Medicine will perform formal user satisfaction surveys. The information gained from these surveys will enable laboratory management to look at the service we provide and decide how to improve it to meet the needs and requirements of our users, as part of our commitment to continually improve quality.
The results from are 2019 user survey
can be found in the links below:
Uncertainty of measurement
The laboratory has determined uncertainty of measurement for all assays where a numerical value is reported or used to determine the result, these values are obtainable by contacting the laboratory.
For other tests where a numerical value is not part of the determination of the result, the laboratory has undertaken a quality risk assessment in which all the factors that are known to affect the quality of the result have been taken into consideration and actions taken to minimise the risks.
Further information about Pathology Services within the NHS please refer to
The content of this page was last updated: Thursday 13 August 2020 by Dan Firth.