New Blood Sciences Laboratory

Laboratory Development

Having commenced construction in the Spring of 2022, the new Laboratory at UHK heralds a significant investment into the provision of Laboratory Medicine services in the Southwest of Ireland.

Based in Tralee, University Hospital Kerry provides healthcare to the population of Kerry and surrounding catchment areas totalling circa 180,000 people.

Investment in Technology

The Pathology department in UHK is currently implementing a fully automated tracked Blood-sciences solution. The solution will consist of automated pre-analytics, on-track centrifugation, sample sorting, decapping, recapping, aliquoting and archiving, in addition to an online sample storage unit connected to track.

The track will ensure the analysis of Clinical chemistry, Immunoassay, and Haematology samples all on the one automated solution. This track will be accommodated in the pre-designed Blood-sciences space in the new Pathology laboratory build. The area will also accommodate serum protein electrophoresis, autoimmune serology and allergy screening.

“As a profession we aim to deliver a highly efficient and effective service. This significant investment into a state-of-the-art automated solution in a purpose designed new laboratory space will allow us to provide an efficient service to our users and give us scope to expand our services” said Dr. Grace Creedon, Laboratory Manager, Pathology Department at UHK

The new Laboratory Blood bank space will accommodate two newly commissioned Blood Group analysers and the new Microbiology Laboratory will be designed to accommodate the increased molecular testing developments which have occurred over the past number of years while also accommodating the traditional Microbiology testing equipment and techniques.

The €6.75million development of this 1,200 sq.m. state of the art Laboratory and supporting accommodation is part of an overall €12.75million investment into UHK which includes significant investment into an additional obstetrics theatre, upgrade and extension to the Oncology Ward, additional accommodation in the orthopaedic ward, and enhancement to the maternity-birthing, triage assessment, and antenatal wards.

UHK Laboratory Building

Investment in People

With the new Pathology Laboratory, the investment signals the opportunity for significant career development . The department currently has opportunities for scientists as at Specialist Medical Scientist Level in blood Transfusion, Haematology and Biochemistry.

This is in addition to the current careers structure from Basic grade Medical scientists through to Chief Medical scientist in each department. The role of the Laboratory aid is highly valued in the laboratory with opportunities for laboratory aides to assist scientists in each department.  This is an exciting opportunity for anyone interested in Medical science to be part of the future of Healthcare in Kerry and to develop their career in a modern laboratory environment.

Teamwork is highly valued at UHK – individual strengths are recognised and celebrated, and there is a commitment to advancing the careers of everyone. Management within UHK are also developing further opportunities for candidates to avail of significant bursary and CPD development.


Currently posts are being advertised in all departments, and prospective candidates are asked to log on to the Careers Page for further details about the roles and the development of the new Blood Sciences Laboratory at UHK.


Via UHK Switch
Tel: (066) 718400

General Result Enquiries: 
Tel: (066) 71843634
Fax: (066) 718 4158

Central Specimen Reception – Specimen Enquiries:
(066) 7184157

Key People

Dr. Grace Creedon, Laboratory Manager 

Dr. Pedro Arregui, Consultant Haematologist, Laboratory Director

Dr. Gustavo Pinto-Solano, Consultant Haematologist

Dr M Louw,  Consultant Chemical Pathologist 

Dr Mamoun Elsheikh, Consultant Microbiologist

Ms. Carol Shanahan, Pathology Quality Manager

Mr. Pat Qualter, Pathology IT Manager

Mr. C. Power, Chief Medical Scientist (Microbiology)

Mr. Paul Walsh, Chief Medical Scientist– Biochemistry

Mr. D Burke, Chief Medical Scientist – Haematology