Pathology

Path Links is a single managed clinical pathology network operating across Lincolnshire. It was formed in 2001 by the amalgamation of NHS pathology services in Boston, Grantham, Grimsby, Lincoln, and Scunthorpe.

About the service

Path Links provides a wide range of diagnostic investigations and clinical services to our Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust, as well as to a total of 186 GP practices.

Serving a population of approximately 1 million, Path Links processes 4.5 million specimens, performs 20 million tests and generates 5 million test reports every year. All laboratories are extremely well equipped with modern ‘state of the art’ analysers linked to a central computer system. Equipment and operating procedures are common to all laboratories ensuring that Path Links provides a standardised and seamless service to all service users irrespective of which laboratory they use.

All Path Links laboratories work to national Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) quality standards. Regular assessments by external auditors assess laboratory compliance with the published standards and ensure that the service provided meets the needs and requirements of service users.

Path Links has become one of the leading NHS Pathology providers in the UK delivering high quality, responsive and cost effective services to those it serves. With quality at the heart of its operating principles, Path Links has focused attention on the introduction of novel continuous improvement techniques to further streamline services in the pursuit of providing ‘world class’ services that meet the future needs, demands and requirements of patients and all service users alike.

Blood tests

For children’s blood tests call 03033 302027 for appointments at Scunthorpe  and 03033 303655 for Grimsby.

If you need to come for a blood test at one of our Pathology labs, here are the opening times:

Site Service area Hours of service
Boston Reception
Laboratory
Phlebotomy
8.45am to 5.45pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Lincoln Reception
Laboratory
Phlebotomy
9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Louth Reception
Phlebotomy
8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
8.30am to 4.30pm, Monday to Friday
Goole Reception
Phlebotomy
Monday to Thursday 8.30am to 5pm

Fridays 8.30am to 4pm

Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm

Grantham Reception
Laboratory
Phlebotomy
8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
8.30am to 4.45pm, Monday to Friday
Grimsby Reception
Laboratory
Phlebotomy
Phlebotomy
8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Ward collection Saturday and Sunday am
Scunthorpe Reception
LaboratoryPhlebotomy
Phlebotomy
8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
Ward service Saturday and Sunday am

User guides

Microbiology User Guide (1.6MB)
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Blood Sciences User Guide (2.14MB)
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Patient information leaflets