The Directorate of Laboratory Medicine provides laboratory services to primary and secondary care centres within and beyond Lothian. These services are currently delivered from 4 sites; the Western General Hospital (WGH), the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh (RIE), St Johns Hospital Livingston (SJH) and the Royal Hospital for Sick Children (RHSC).The laboratories performs over 13 million tests per year and employs over 600 staff. Laboratories provide a 24/7 clinical and medical laboratory service and a comprehensive range of investigations including decentralised testing sites.

Laboratory Medicine provides a comprehensive and efficient analytical, clinical advisory and educational service of the highest quality to the Division hospitals, other hospitals and Primary Care services within and beyond the Lothian Area. This is a prompt and clinically appropriate service of the highest quality while considering the needs and requirements of all its users.The laboratories are well equipped, fully computerised and having been accredited by CPA (UK) Ltd are now transitioning to ISO15189.

The laboratories collaborate in a range of research and development and clinical audit projects with clinicians, other Healthcare professionals and drugs/diagnostic companies.

Accreditation to ISO 15189

The Molecular Genetics Department has been accredited to ISO15189


Accreditation to ISO 15189

The Pathology Department has been accredited to ISO15189


Accreditation to ISO15189

St Johns biochemistry and haematology/blood bank have maintained ISO15189 accreditation as a Blood Science laboratory. Microbiology have maintained ISO15189 accreditation.


Accreditation to ISO17043

UKNEQAS Edinburgh have been accredited to ISO17043