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.
- Dr. Niall Mulligan - Director and Consultant Histopathologist
- Ms. Barbara Cassidy - Laboratory Manager
- Mrs. Maura Casey / Mrs. Patricia Dowling – Office Supervisors
- Autopsies performed
- Blood and Blood products received and issued
- 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Head of Department: Prof Con Feighery
Immunology investigates the body's immune response to diseases such as Rheumatoid Arthritis and AIDS.
Senior Phlebotomists: Ms. Sharon Fitzpatrick, Ms. Siobhan O Sullivan
Phlebotomy involves taking blood samples at the request of General Practitioners and Hospital Doctors
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.
Mrs. Maura Casey / Patricia Dowling– Office Supervisor 01 803 2246
Blood Transfusion Patient information leaflet (1,012 kbs)