What is pathology?
Pathology is the study of disease. Often working behind the scenes, pathologists work with doctors and clinicians to diagnose, treat and prevent illness.
It's estimated that 70-80% of diagnoses made in the NHS are based on the results of a pathology investigation.
Pathology services are critical to effective patient care. With around 800 million diagnostic tests carried out each year in the UK, that’s more than 14 tests for every man, woman and child in the country.
Pathology at Guy's and St Thomas'
Majority NHS owned pathology joint venture, Viapath, combines the clinical and scientific expertise of Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts with the commercial excellence of Serco PLC.
Founded in 2009, Viapath operate the pathology laboratories across Guy’s and St Thomas’ and King’s College Hospitals, as well as at Bedford Hospital. As one of the largest independent pathology providers in the UK, Viapath are on a mission to transform pathology services through scientific innovation and new partnerships.
Viapath lead the way in delivering innovative pathology services to meet the increasing demand for a high quality yet cost effective service, delivering expert diagnostics for patients and clinicians and value for money for the NHS.
The Viapath pathology departments providing services at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals are:
- Biochemical sciences
- Blood sciences
- Cancer specialist diagnostics service (a comprehensive and integrated specialist diagnostic service for solid and haematological cancers)
- Cellular pathology
- Central specimen receptions (CSR)
- Clinical transplantation
- Haemostasis and thrombosis
- Infection sciences
- Special haematology
- St John’s Institute of Dermatology
For further information please visit the Viapath website.