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Pathology services: Viapath


ViapathWhat is pathology?


Pathology is the study of disease. Often working behind the scenes, pathologists work with doctors and clinicians to diagnose, treat and prevent illness.

It's estimated that 70 to 80% of diagnoses made in the NHS are based on the results of a pathology investigation.

Pathology services are critical to effective patient care. With around 800 million diagnostic tests carried out each year in the UK, that’s more than 14 tests for every man, woman and child in the country.

Pathology at Guy's and St Thomas'

Our pathology services are delivered through Viapath as part of a partnership between Guy's and St Thomas' and King's College Hospital NHS Foundation Trusts, and SYNLAB UK and Ireland.

The partners came together in 2021 to deliver and improve pathology services across south east London, including the introduction of digital pathology and investment in new laboratories and equipment.

As shared owners of the new partnership with more than a decade's worth of experience in running a pathology joint venture service, the NHS trusts set the strategic direction of pathology services.

SYNLAB is a specialist pathology provider and brings extensive global experience and expertise in setting up, transforming and running testing and diagnostic services. In addition to various pathology services and hospital partnerships overseas, SYNLAB has significant experience of working in partnership with the NHS and providing modern, bespoke laboratory services to hospitals, GP practices, community and other healthcare services. SYNLAB is Europe's leading medical diagnostic service provider.

The Viapath pathology departments providing services at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals are:

  • biochemical sciences
  • blood sciences
  • cancer specialist diagnostics service (a comprehensive and integrated specialist diagnostic service  for solid and haematological cancers)
  • cellular pathology
  • central specimen receptions (CSR)
  • clinical transplantation
  • genetics
  • haemostasis and thrombosis
  • infection sciences
  • phlebotomy
  • special haematology
  • St John's Institute of Dermatology

For further information please visit the Viapath website.