Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through examination of organs, tissues, bodily fluids, and whole bodies (autopsies). The term also encompasses the related scientific study of disease processes, called general pathology.
Pathology is a clinical support service, providing diagnostic and clinical advice to surgeons and clinicians within the trust, and to local GPs.
The pathology service (except Cellular Pathology) at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust is part of South West London Pathology (SWLP). SWLP is a partnership set up by St George’s University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust, Croydon Health Services NHS Trust and Kingston Hospital NHS Foundation Trust which provides a single, integrated pathology service across South West London and beyond.
All laboratories are accredited to international standard ISO15189:2012 by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS). The schedule of accreditation can be found on the UKAS website.
The relevant laboratories also comply with the regulations and requirements of the following bodies:
- The Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA):
- The Human Tissue Authority (HTA)
- Screening Quality Assurance Service