Newcastle Laboratories


Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory Medicine

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Staff in our Laboratory Medicine service are committed to providing the very best in diagnostic testing.  

Laboratory investigations are essential for most patients who come into the hospital. 80% of medical diagnoses rely on laboratory tests for both inpatients and outpatients. We offer a wide range of services to meet every requirement.

We receive 5,000 specimens every weekday and this is increasing every year.

Using the most modern technology

Most tests carried out by our Biomedical Scientists are done on blood, urine, fluid or tissue samples. We use state-of-the-art analysers and up-to-date techniques to ensure results are ready as quickly and accurately as possible.  

All laboratories are accredited with UKAS against ISO15189:2012 standards for Medical laboratories and are dedicated to providing a high quality, cost effective service to:

  • the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
  • General Practitioners
  • Community Services
  • other NHS Trusts regionally and nationally.

Latest news

Our colleague Mr Terry Coaker - a Biomedical Scientist based at the RVI - won a National Healthcare Science Award in 2014.

You can find out the full story on our news pages.

Our services

Our portfolio of laboratory services includes:


Our bases

The department is based over two hospital sites - the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Freeman Hospital - and carries out over 11 million tests each year.

The Cellular Pathology Department is based at the RVI.

The departments of Blood Sciences and Microbiology have laboratories on both the Freeman and RVI sites.


Royal Victoria Infirmary
Queen Victoria Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE1 4LP 

Freeman Hospital
Freeman Road
Newcastle upon Tyne
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