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Pathology Department

Description of Service

The Pathology Laboratory at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) provides local, regional and national diagnostic services in all laboratory medicine disciplines.

The Pathology Laboratory is accredited by the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB) to undertake testing as detailed in the ‘scope of accreditation’ listed on the INAB website(Registration Number 232MT), in compliance with International Standard ISO 15189 and the EU blood Directive 2002/98/EC.

The Pathology Laboratory at MMUH is committed to providing a high quality, efficient and comprehensive service to our users.

Key Staff

  • Prof. Peter O'Gorman - Labratory Director and Consultant Haematologist
  • Ms. Barbara Cassidy - Laboratory Manager

Department Index:

  • Administration
  • Blood Transfusion
  • Cellular Pathology
  • Central Speciman Reception
  • Clinical Chemistry
  • Diagnostic Endocrinology
  • Haematology
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Mortuary
  • Phlebotomy

Access to Our Services

The results of laboratory tests will be made available to patients through their clinicians or general practitioners not directly from the laboratory.

The Phlebotomy Service operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (last appointment 3.40pm) Monday to Friday including lunch hour.

To make a Phlebotomy appointment online please visit or alternatively telephone SwiftQueue on 01-2910181


Cellular Pathology 

Head of Department: Dr. Niall Mulligan


  • Professor Conor O'Keane
  • Dr. Maire Kennedy
  • Dr. Michele Harrison
  • Dr. Niall Mulligan
  • Dr. Eibhlis O Donovan
  • Dr. Peter Kelly
  • Dr. Ciara Barrett
  • Dr. Susan Conlon

Histopathology is concerned with the diagnosis and treatment of disease through the study of changes in cells in tissues e.g. in identifying malignant cells in cancer.

Cytology is part of Histopathology.

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Haematology/Blood Transfusion

Head of Department: Dr. Anne Fortune



  • Dr Peter O Gorman
  • Dr. Fionnuala NiAinle
  • Dr. Michael Fay

Haematology is concerned with diseases of the blood such as anaemia, leukaemia and haemophilia and associated blood tests and patient management.

Blood Transfusion this department tests patients to determine their blood group and tests units of blood prior to transfusion to ensure they are compatible. The Department also has responsibility for preparing blood products such as plasma prior to transfusion.

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Clinical Chemistry and Diagnostic Endocrinology 

Head of Department: Dr. Maria Fitzgibbon

Biochemistry (Chemical Pathology) is concerned with the diagnosis of disease and with patient management through analysis of fluids and tissues for chemicals, e.g. blood sugar.

Endocrinology assays hormones levels as an aid to investigating diseases such as thyroid and reproductive system disorders.

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Head of Department: Dr. Margaret Hannan


  • Dr. Maureen Lynch

Microbiology (Bacteriology) is concerned with the identification of organisms causing infection, and determines the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics and with the implementation of infection control policies.

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Head of Department: Prof Con Feighery

Immunology investigates the body's immune response to diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and AIDS.

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Senior Phlebotomists: Ms. Sharon Fitzpatrick, Ms. Siobhan O Sullivan

Phlebotomy involves taking blood samples at the request of General Practitioners and Hospital Doctors

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Senior Pathology Technician: Mr. Colum Errity

In this area the Pathologist performs post mortems on certain patients and a Mortuary Service is also provided for deceased patients.

Coroners Post Mortem Leaflet 

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Contact Details

Labratory Administration 01-803 2246

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