Bedford Hospital Laboratory Services


Bedford Hospital Laboratory Services & Contacts

Bedford Hospital's pathology services are provided through a partnership with Guys and St Thomas' Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Serco plc (GSTS). Contact Hospital Switchboard  Telephone number : 01234 355 122,

Departmental contact details and opening times for routine services:

Clinical Biochemistry
Results enquiries: Telephone: 01234 792148/792160
Out of hours: Telephone: 01234 3551222 Bleep 432
Clinical Biochemistry opening hours for routine services
  Enquiries Specimens
Monday-Friday: 08.00am-08.00pm 08.00am-05.30pm
Saturday: 09.00am-12.30pm 09.00am-12.30pm
(Urgent Specimens only)
Results & general enquiries: Telephone: 01234 792150 Ext 4811
Referral laboratory: Telephone: 01234 355122 Ext 4668
Haematology opening hours for routine services
  Enquiries Specimens
Monday-Friday: 08.00am-08.00pm 08.00am-05.30pm
Saturday: 09.00am-12.30pm 9.00am-12.30pm
(Urgent Specimens only)
Bacteriology results & general enquiries: Telephone: 01234 795913 Ext 4703/4708
Serology results & enquiries: Telephone: 01234 795913 Ext 4814
Microbiology opening hours for routine services
  Enquiries Specimens
Monday-Friday: 08.45am-05.00pm 08.45am-04.30pm
Saturday: 09.00am-12.00pm 06.00am-11.00am
Cellular Pathology
Histology enquiries: Telephone: 01234 792149 Ext 4607
Cytology enquiries: Telephone: 01234 792623 Ext 4611
Cellular Pathology opening hours for routine services
  Enquiries Specimens
Monday-Friday: 08.30am-05.00pm 08.30am-04.30pm


Bedford Hospital Pathology Services out of hours services
Blood Transfusion
Biochemistry Microbiology
Monday to Friday 20.00 - 08.00 20.00 - 08.00 17.00 - 08.45
Friday to Saturday 20.00 - 09.00 20.00 - 08.00 17.00 - 08.45
Saturday to Sunday 12.30 - 07.00 12.30 - 08.00 12.00 - 08:45
Sunday to Monday 07.00 - 08.00 08.00 - 08.40 08:45 - 08.45
Bank Holidays 08.00 - 08.00 next day 08.00 - 08.00 next day 17:00 - 08:45

On Call Services

Unusual drug assays - not available - for information contact Medical Toxicology Unit, St Thomas' Hospital, Lambeth Palace Rd, London SE1 5EH. Telephone 0207 7188 8686/8690/8783.

Other services

Pathology is able to provide a range of services and information to wards, departments and GP practices. If you wish to discuss any service developments or require information relating to or derived from the pathology service then please contact the pathology services manager.

Who to Refer

All request forms must be fully completed including patient's first name and surname, date of birth, hospital number, NHS number or address, sex, location for return of report (e.g. ward, GP surgery), risk status, consultant, name and bleep number of requesting doctor, date and time of specimen.

Requesting investigations, Private work and  Specimen collection [LINK]

Haematology Completion of request forms [LINK]

Who not to Refer

During out of hours, Restrict requests to tests which are ESSENTIAL FOR THE IMMEDIATE CLINICAL MANAGEMENT OF THE PATIENT. Please be aware that there is only one member of staff for each discipline working during the hours listed above and that only a limited range of tests are available.

  • Non-urgent work should only be sent during normal working hours.
  • Keep telephone enquiries to an absolute minimum.


Patient Information

Appointment for a glucose tolerance test [LINK]

Patient Instructions for Collecting a 24 Hour Urine Sample [LINK]

Patient instructions for Collecting a 24 hour urine sample for HMMA (VMA) Catecholamines, Metadrenalins and 5HIAA [LINK]

Haematology and Transfusion [LINK]

Advice for patients for the production of semen samples for post vasectomy analysis [LINK]

Last updated: 05/06/2012

Update due: 05/06/2013