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

If you need a blood test, your GP practice should take your sample before sending it to us for testing. If your GP practice is struggling to take your blood, for example if they cannot find the vein, they may ask you to visit the Phlebotomy (Pathology) team at the hospital. If you need to visit either Scunthorpe, Grimsby or Goole hospital to have your sample taken, your GP will provide you with a phone number for you to make an appointment.

The Grimsby phlebotomy reception number for adult bloods is 03033 304556 and the Scunthorpe phlebotomy reception number for adult bloods is 03033 306670.

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

Opening times are below:

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
9am to 5.30pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
8.50am to 4.40pm, Monday to Friday (appointment required)
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

8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday

8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Thursday (appointment required)
8.30am to 4pm, Fridays (appointment required)

Grantham Reception
Laboratory
Phlebotomy
8.30am to 5pm, Monday to Friday
24 hour service
8.45am to 4.45pm, Monday to Friday (appointment required)
Grimsby Reception

Laboratory

Phlebotomy

8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

24 hour service

8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (appointment required)
Ward collection Saturday and Sunday am

Scunthorpe Reception

Laboratory

Phlebotomy

8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday

24hr service

8am to 5pm, Monday to Friday (appointment required)
Ward collection Saturday and Sunday am

User guides

Microbiology User Guide (2MB)
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Blood Sciences User Guide (2MB)
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Patient information leaflets

Consultants