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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 12 and over. 

GP patients:

The phlebotomy service for Calderdale patients is provided in community settings and this service can be booked by the patients local GP surgery.

The phlebotomy service for Kirklees patients is provided both in community settings which can be booked by the patients local GP surgery and Corridor One at Huddersfield Royal Infirmary which can be booked by the telephone appointment line.

CHFT outpatients

The phlebotomy collecting unit at Calderdale Royal Hospital and the ground floor collecting unit in Acre Mill will accept patients between 08:00 until 16:30 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 & POCT

Manager: Dr Patrick Howorth

Phlebotomy Operations Manager: Mrs Elaine Reeves

Who to contact to find out more

CRH - General Enquiries: (01422) 224194

HRI - General Enquiries: (01484) 342529