Departments in UHK


The pathology laboratory provides a wide range of laboratory examinations including scientific and clinical advisory services to help in the diagnosis of illnesses and the monitoring of the treatment of those illnesses. Laboratory results are made available to patients through their clinicians or GP’s. There are five departments, supported by Central Specimen Reception and the pathology office.

Key Services

  • Central Specimen Reception
  • Blood Transfusion including Haemovigilance
  • Biochemistry including Immunology/Endocrinology
  • Haematology
  • Microbiology including Molecular Diagnostics
  • Histopathology

These departments carry out a wide range of examinations (tests) varying from simple to complex and report results in a timely manner to assist clinicians in management of their patients Primary Sample Collection Manual.


Opening Times

Routine Laboratory Service: 8am – 8pm Monday – Friday (excluding bank holidays)

Emergency out-of-hours service: 8pm – 8am Monday – Friday.

Also 24 hour out of hours emergency service is provided on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.


The Pathology Laboratory of University Hospital Kerry is situated on the first floor of the main hospital building. Samples may be delivered to the Central Specimen Reception at the entrance to the Pathology department. Phlebotomy department is located on the ground floor of main hospital building, adjacent to out-patient clinic area.



Clinical chemistry, Haematology and Blood Transfusion at University Hospital Kerry (UHK) are accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) to undertake testing as detailed in the scope of tests listed on INAB website (Registration Number 197MT) in compliance with International Standard ISO 15189 and the EU blood Directive 2002/98/EC. A defined scope is available through the INAB website

As part of its commitment to total quality, the Laboratory, at UHK participates in the external quality assurance schemes run by the Irish External Quality Assessment Scheme (IEQAS), the United Kingdom National External Quality Assessment Scheme  (UKNEQAS) and Finnish National External Quality Assessment Scheme  (Labquality) and Welsh External Quality Assurance system (RIQAS). Molecular Diagnostics also participate in QCMD Gastro Parasitology EQA scheme. Results of these external quality assessments are available on request.



The goal of the Pathology department in UHK is to ensure that our users receive accurate, reliable, meaningful and timely laboratory results. To facilitate this objective, it is necessary to receive feedback from users of the service. We in Pathology department at UHK want to give you the best possible service. But there may be times when you think we could do better. Sometimes you may even want to tell us about something we have done well. If you wish to give feedback please contact the Laboratory Manager and/or Quality Manager.



SectionType of EnquiryPhone
Main Hospital Switch UHKGeneral Hospital Enquiries066 718 4000
Stores/Supplies DepartmentTo order Request forms and Bottles066 717 8601(2)
General Laboratory OfficeGeneral Result Enquiries

(Phone) 066 7184363(4)

(Fax) 066 718 4158

Central Specimen ReceptionSpecimen Enquiries066 7184157
BiochemistryLab enquiries066 718 4369
Blood BankLab enquiries066 718 4366
HaematologyLab enquiries066 718 4367
HaemovigilanceLab enquiries066 718 4155
HistopathologyLab enquiries066 718 4370
ImmunologyLab enquiries066 718 4369
IT and Quality Dept.IT/Quality enquiries066 718 4361
MicrobiologyLab enquiries066 718 4368
PhlebotomyLab enquiries066 718 4233
Consultant HaematologistClinical enquiriesVia Switch CUH
Consultant MicrobiologistClinical enquiriesVia Switch UHK
Consultant Chemical PathologistClinical enquiriesVia Switch UHK
On-Call Scientists are available through main hospital switch


Via UHK Switch
Tel: (066) 7184000

Postal Address:
Laboratory Reception,
Department of Pathology, University Hospital Kerry,
Rathass, Tralee, Co. Kerry

Key People

Laboratory Consultants:
Dr P Arregui (consultant haematologist)
Dr Elsheikh (consultant microbiologist)
Dr M. Louw (Chemical Pathologist) 

Laboratory Manager:  Dr. Grace Creedon

Chief MS Microbiology:  Mr. Colm Power 

Quality Manager:  Ms Carol Shanahan

IT Manager:  Ms Mary Foley