Blood Sciences (Chemistry, Haematology and Immunology)

Staff working in the Blood Sciences department receive blood, urine, faeces and other fluid specimens from patients for examination in our state-of-the-art pathology laboratory. Scientists there will carry out tests on these samples to diagnose illness or to help treat disease. 

Eastern services

The Exeter Blood Sciences Laboratory is a modern, high-quality service generating more than 25,000 results every day for both NHS and research patients. 

The combined laboratories provide a full range of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Immunology and Blood Transfusion within the custom-designed laboratories 

To find out more, visit Exeter Clinical Laboratory website.

Northern services

The Pathology Laboratory is located on level 1 at North Devon District Hospital. Diagnostic testing is an integral part of the healthcare equation. Laboratory tests are integral to the diagnosis of disease or monitoring of therapy.

We provide a high-quality diagnostic and consultative service to clinical users of the hospital and to primary and secondary care providers in the community.

Pathology Department
Level 1
Northern Devon Healthcare Trust
Raleigh Park
North Devon
EX31 4JB


Routine work: Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:30, Saturday 09:00 to 12:30
On-call: Monday to Friday 17:30 – 09:00, all weekend and bank holidays
To contact the biomedical scientist, bleep 031 or contact via switchboard

Useful information about samples

If you have been asked to collect a specimen of urine or faeces by a health professional, please use the following links for guidance:

Information for healthcare professionals

Northern services

Clinical Advice from a Pathology Consultant can be obtained by contacting the relevant department during core working hours. Advice may be obtained outside of normal hours by contacting the switchboard - dial 0 from inside the hospital or 01271 322577 - and ask for the consultant you require.

For guidelines, policies and advice, please contact:

  • Blood Transfusion Laboratory on 01271 322327
  • Laboratory Enquiries: 01271 - 322321 (2321)
  • Senior BMS (technical queries): 01271 - 322344 (2344)
  • Blood Sciences Manager: Post Currently Vacant 01271 - 322327 (2327)
  • Consultant Clinical Biochemist: Mary Stapleton 01271 - 322419 (2419)
  • Haematology Clinical Advice: For any enquiries regarding clinical advice, please contact the Duty Consultant via the Haematology Secretary at 01271 - 349198 (3198). If out of hours (17:30 – 09:00 Mon-Fri, weekends and bank holidays), contact the hospital switchboard.
  • Microbiology Secretary:  01271-349199) (3199)
  • Laboratory Enquiries:     01271 322347/48 (2347/2348)
  • Laboratory Manager:       01271-3270278 (3278)

Eastern services

To find out more, visit Exeter Clinical Laboratory website.


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Last updated: January 20, 2023