Pathology guide for GPs

Sample delivery

The Central Specimen Reception (CSR) is in the Blood Sciences Laboratory in the Bessemer Wing at King's College Hospital, Denmark Hill. Samples for any department can be delivered to CSR 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday.

Samples must be sent to Viapath according to our packaging and transport requirements, as appropriate.

If you have any queries, contact us.

Hours of business

Lab technicians working on pc
Full laboratory service, 9am – 5pm
Weekend opening
On Saturdays Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology (including Blood Transfusion) and Medical Microbiology are open to deal with essential work only. All specimens must reach the laboratory before 10.30am to be processed on that day. Samples arriving later than 10.30am will not be processed until the following Monday unless prior arrangements have been made with the laboratory.
Outside of normal hours
An out-of-hours (OOH) service is provided between 5pm and 9am weekdays; from 12 noon Saturday until 9am Monday; and on Bank Holidays. There is an OOH service for certain urgent test requests for inpatients.

Quality assurance in pathology

Laboratory Accreditation

All Viapath departments are accredited with Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA UK) Ltd, an internationally recognised accreditation scheme for diagnostic clinical laboratories.

Each department undergoes regular assessments with CPA to demonstrate that the quality system in place provides a service that meets recognised quality standards.

Quality assessment

All departments take part in extensive programmes of external quality assessment that monitor our methods and results against national standards.

Service improvement and feedback

We value feedback about our service. Please go to the Viapath customer service page and complete our online feedback form if you have any compliments, complaints or questions.