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Pathology Department

Description of Service

The Department of Pathology Mater Misericordiae University Hospital (MMUH) provides local, regional and national diagnostic services in all laboratory medicine disciplines which are accredited to the Irish National Accreditation Board (INAB).

Laboratory investigations are carried out via requests from the Consultant Clinical Staff at the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital.

In addition tests are carried out at the request of other laboratories in Dublin and throughout the country. The laboratories also provide a service for laboratory testing to General Practitioners. The result of laboratory tests will be made available to patients through their Clinicians or General Practitioners.

Key Staff

  • Dr. Niall Mulligan - Director and Consultant Histopathologist
  • Ms. Barbara Cassidy - Laboratory Manager
  • Mrs. Maura Casey / Mrs. Patricia Dowling – Office Supervisors

Department Index:

Histopathology / Cytopathology
Haematology / Blood Transfusion
Biochemistry (Chemical Pathology) / Diagnostic Endocrinology
Microbiology (Bacteriology)
Post Mortem and Mortuary


  • Accreditation
  • Autopsies performed
  • Blood and Blood products received and issued
  • Budget/Finance
  • Management
  • Minutes of staff committee meetings
  • Staff records
  • Test on patients
  • Tests sent to referral laboratories
  • Tests referred to Mater laboratories
  • Training records
  • Quality assurance

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.

For appointment telephone 01 803 4735 (08.00-20.00).


Histopathology / Cytopathology

Head of Department: Dr. Peter Kelly


  • Professor Conor O'Keane
  • Dr. Maire Kennedy
  • Dr. Michele Harrison
  • Dr. Niall Mulligan
  • Dr. Eibhlis O Donovan

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. Peter O'Gorman. 

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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Biochemistry (Chemical Pathology) / 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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Microbiology (Bacteriology)

Heads 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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Post Mortem and Mortuary

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

Mrs. Maura Casey / Patricia Dowling– Office Supervisor 01 803 2246

pdf file icon Blood Transfusion Patient information leaflet (1,012 kbs)

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