Inside Pathology - the science behind the disease

The Pathology departments at Nottingham University Hospitals and University Hospitals of Leicester are opening their doors to show local people the science behind diagnosing and monitoring diseases from routine blood tests right through to DNA testing.

Pathology tests play a vital role in approximately 80% of medical diagnoses and help to inform many of the decisions made by doctors and other healthcare staff in deciding on patient care and treatment options Over 800 people work in the pathology laboratories at these two large, teaching hospitals and on two Saturdays in September local people will have the chance to see for themselves what happens behind their doors.

The Inside Pathology open days take place in the biggest laboratories based at Leicester Royal Infirmary on Saturday 9 September, 1pm -4pm and at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham on Saturday 23 September, 10am - 1pm.

Dr Angus McGregor, Clinical Director for empath, the NHS pathology service for the two hospitals, explains: “We want to give patients and the public an insight into what happens to their blood and tissue samples behind the scenes in pathology.  Our scientific, technical and clinical staff play a vital role in helping to diagnose and monitor diseases, but this work isn’t something that people can see every day.  These open days will help people to gain a better understanding of the routine and complex work that makes up the pathology services.  We also hope the events will inspire the next generation of scientists and pathologists.”

At both open days, visitors will have the chance to meet staff, tour the laboratories and see demonstrations of how laboratory testing and investigations are performed.

There will be an opportunity to see:

·         demonstrations of human tissue being prepared and analysed to diagnose diseases such as cancer 

·         interactive sessions on the diagnosis of malaria and anaemia

·         tours of the laboratories to see how blood samples are processed, from the blood being taken in the GP surgery to the patient getting their results 

·         tours of the blood transfusion laboratory to see the preparations for safe blood and blood products used in surgery and to treat disease

·         a mini crime scene analysis demonstration

·         identification of infectious diseases within the microbiology department

·         an opportunity to learn why post mortems are needed and what happens during the process

Places for both open days need to be booked in advance online at: 

Leicester - 

Nottingham – 

Places can also be booked for either event by email

Due to the nature of the clinical environment, attendees must be at least 16 years old and places must be booked in advance.