Blood Testing

Pathology Services

The pathology directorate provides comprehensive laboratory services in support of diagnosis, monitoring, and treatment for patients within the Trust’s hospitals and clinics, and for family practitioners within the local primary care trusts (PCTs).

The directorate is made up of four major disciplines: 

  • Blood Sciences (Haematology, Biochemistry and Immunology)
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Cellular Pathology (histopathology/cytology)
  • Microbiology

All of these provide analytical, diagnostic and advisory services to their users. Analysis of specimens takes place within laboratories at Calderdale Royal Hospital and at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, which are managed as a single Pathology service.

Cellular Pathology and Microbiology are located at Calderdale Royal Hospital and Blood Sciences and Blood Transfusion are on both sites.

Phlebotomy Service

The Pathology directorate provides an in-patient and out-patient phlebotomy (blood sample taking) service for adults and children aged 10 and over. 

Patients given a form by their GP:

The phlebotomy service for patients with a Calderdale GP is provided in settings such as doctors surgeries and health centres. These appointments must be booked by the patient's local GP surgery.

The phlebotomy service for Kirklees patients is provided in community settings, such as GP practices, which can be booked by the patients local GP surgery. We also offer a service at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary for some GP practices. If your GP uses this service, they will provide information on the opening times for you.

CHFT outpatient blood testing

  • The Phlebotomy Collecting Unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital is located on the ground floor and is open between 8.10am and 4.40pm.
  • Our service at Acre Mills Outpatient Department in Lindley is located on the ground floor and is open between 8.00am and 4.30pm.

Both departments will accept patients with a hospital generated blood form without an appointment.


A ward phlebotomy service is provided from 08:00 to 12:00 at both Calderdale Royal Hospital and Huddersfield Royal Infirmary seven days a week.

Point of Care Testing (POCT) Service

The department provides support and advice for the procurement of POCT equipment for the hospital setting and also community services. They also provide technical advice, training, troubleshooting, governance and quality assurance support for POCT devices. These would include tests such as glucose, ketones, anticoagulation monitoring and respiratory viruses including Covid and flu testing.

Our team

Division of Pathology

Director of Pathology: Dr Anu Rajgopal
Pathology Manager: Miss Sarah Ramsden

Pathology Operations and Business Manager: Mrs Ei Tint
Quality Manager: Ms Alison Milner

Clinical Biochemistry

Clinical Lead: Dr Kevin Stuart (service provided by LTHT)
Manager: Mrs Hayley Baker


Clinical Lead: Dr Kate Rothwell
Consultants: Dr Sylvia Feyler; Dr Wunna Swe
Manager: Mrs Hayley Baker

Blood Transfusion

Transfusion Practitioner: Ms Michelle Lake, Ms Donna Wood, Ms Bushra Amin
Manager: Mrs Hayley Baker


Clinical Lead: Dr Anu Rajgopal
Consultants: Dr Gavin Boyd, Dr Vivek Nayak, Dr Nicola Hardman
Manager: Mr Mohammad Rizwan


Clinical Lead: Dr Vidya Kumaraswamy

Consultants:  Dr Richard Knights, Dr Sarah Knight, Dr Sally Osborn, Dr Minu Syamala, Dr Mia Wolozinsky

Manager: Mrs Michelle McNamara

Phlebotomy and Point of Care Testing

Phlebotomy Operations Manager: Mrs Elaine Reeves

Who to contact to find out more

CRH Switchboard - 01422 357171

HRI Switchboard - 01484 342000