NHS Lothian Laboratory Medicine

The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine provides laboratory services to primary and secondary care centres within and beyond Lothian. These services are currently delivered from 3 sites; the Western General Hospital (WGH), the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE) and St Johns Hospital Livingston (SJH). The laboratories performs over 13 million tests per year and employs over 600 staff. Laboratories provide a 24/7 clinical and medical laboratory service and a comprehensive range of investigations including decentralised testing sites.

Laboratory Medicine provides a comprehensive and efficient analytical, clinical advisory and educational service of the highest quality to the Division hospitals, other hospitals and Primary Care services within and beyond the Lothian Area. This is a prompt and clinically appropriate service of the highest quality while considering the needs and requirements of all its users.The laboratories are well equipped, fully computerised and having been accredited previously by CPA (UK) Ltd are now accredited to ISO15189.

The laboratories collaborate in a range of research and development and clinical audit projects with clinicians, other Healthcare professionals and drugs/diagnostic companies.

​All services have resumed as normal

Thank you to Napier University for protecting the NHS
09/06/2020
Instructions for transporting COVID-19 samples to the Laboratory and instructions for the testing of these samples
12/03/2020
SERL-SMRL Study Day Wednesday 6th May 2020
06/02/2020
Blood Science is now accreditated under a single UKAS number 8699
01/03/2019
Biotin: Potential for interference in Immunoassay tests
10/12/2018
The RHSC Metabolic Service has moved to the WGH
12/11/2018
The RIE Microbiology Department and Molecular Diagnostics have been accredited to ISO15189
25/09/2018