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

***Please be aware that Royal Mail strikes occurring throughout December 2022 will impact on the turn-around-time for some referral tests (testing performed out with NHS Lothian Laboratories)***

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) and the British Society for Genetic Medicine (BSGM) recommend that health professionals



Medical Microbiology clinical advice telephone service changes effective from 03/07/23


Please can all hospital departments ensure that patient addressograph labels are removed from blood tubes PRIOR t


NHS Lothian laboratory teams are the first in Scotland to develop and use PCR testing to detect Group A Strep illnesses among those admit


We are now offering Monkey pox PCR


For more information please see test directory.



What is happening?

MEMO regarding changes in Coagulation testing from 8th December 2021.

Update on Lothian Blood Sciences Managed Service Contract