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Pathology (lab tests)

What we do

We provide pathology (lab test) services for BSUH hospitals, for GPs and other community-based primary care services, and for other hospitals outside BSUH.


Royal Sussex County Hospital

Pathology is one floor above A&E, on level 6 of the Tower Block.

Sample reception hours are:

  • 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday

Princess Royal Hospital

The laboratories are on the first floor of the main building (above A&E).

Sample reception hours are:

  • 8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday
  • 9am to 1pm Saturday and Sunday

What to expect

About your lab tests

If you want to find out more about laboratory tests we recommend LabTestsOnLineUK. This is a website aimed at patients and designed to help you understand why lab tests are done, what results mean, and how they are used.

Blood tests

If you need a blood test your doctor or other healthcare provider will arrange it. This will usually be at your GP’s surgery or health centre. If you are having a blood test as part of a BSUH hospital outpatient appointment you can go to the hospital’s phlebotomy (blood taking) clinic. Clinic opening hours are listed here, and you will need to take your request form with you.

Other samples

Your healthcare provider may ask you to provide other types of sample for testing, such as urine or faeces (stool). Please follow any instructions you are given about how to provide the sample and where to return it.

If you are asked to bring a sample to the laboratory yourself, please remember to bring the request form with it. It is also very important to label samples. This means first name, surname, date of birth, and the date you collected the sample. Without this we might not be able to process the sample and you could have to repeat the test.


Results are sent to the service that requested the test (e.g. hospital clinic, GP surgery).

The time taken to do laboratory tests varies. Please follow your healthcare provider’s advice on when to expect your results.

More information

For more information on our services, visit our Pathology website.

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