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The Pathology Department provides a quality and efficient service to both inpatients and outpatients.

All laboratory disciplines actively participate in Ire / UK External Quality Assurance Schemes.




Test samples are accepted from General Practitioners and should be delivered to Pathology Reception between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm Monday to Friday.  

Please use the Bon Secours Hospital request form. Blank request forms are available from Pathology Reception.

Specimens should not be delivered outside opening hours without prior arrangement.


Patients referred by General Practitioners can access the phlebotomy service from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday to Friday.

Turnaround time

     The results of routine examinations are normally available within      

     24hours.  More specialised investigations may take longer.              

     Results are posted to General Practitioners every afternoon Monday

     to Friday.  It is the policy of the Pathology Department to

     telephone the requesting clinician with all urgent or abnormal

     results.  Results of Laboratory tests will be made available to

     patients through their General Practitioners and not directly from

     the laboratory.



Cervical Cytology Smear Taking

Bon Secours Hospital, Galway, is not designated for Smear-taking in the National Cervical Screening Programme. Cervical smears taken in this hospital are sent to a private laboratory in Ireland.



Please contact the Laboratory directly for more information.


Screening Tests Available


Full Blood Count

Haemoglobin, Red Cell Count, Indices, Platelet Count, White Cell Count, 5-part Differential (machine), Manual Differential as required.


The Haematology Department runs an Anticoagulant Monitoring Service for patients taking oral anticoagulants (mainly Warfarin). Results are given to the patient to return with to their General Practitioner or the result is telephoned directly to the General Practitioner.



Biochemistry Screen

Sodium, Potassium, Chlorides, Urea, Creatinine, Glucose, Calcium, In. Phos, Uric Acid, Total Protein, Albumin, Alk. Phos. AST, ALT, Gamma GT

Lipid screen

Cholesterol, Triglycerides, HDL cholesterol, LDL Cholesterol, Cholesterol, HDL Cholesterol Ratio



Fasting & 2 hour Post Glucose Samples

Urinary Protein : Creatinine Ratio

Iron Studies

Total Iron, TIBC, UIBC, Transferrin Saturation


Osteoporosis Screen

Biochemistry Screen, Female Hormones, TFTs, Testosterone, Protein Electrophoresis


Microscopic Screen, Colony Count and Sensitivity.

Helicobacter Pylori Stool Antigen

Stool samples should arrive within 72 hours of taking. Results are telephoned on day on receipt.

MRSA Screen

Nasal and 1 Body Swab from Axilla, Umbilicus or Groin to detect the presence of MRSA.

Pre-hospital admission / post treatment.

Occult Blood Testing

Throat Swab Culture

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