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Pathology & Mortuary Services

Welcome to the home page for The NHS GG&C Pathology Department. This Department provides a comprehensive diagnostic Histopathology, Cytopathology and Mortuary service for adults and children in GG&C, including the laboratory part of the cervical screening programme for NHS GGC, Grampian, Tayside, Ayrshire and Arran, Orkney and Shetland. In addition the department supports a number of specialist services, wider managed clinical networks and regional and supra regional services examples of which include Gynaecological, Ophthalmic, Osteoarticular services, West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre, Neuropathology and Paediatric Pathology. Mortuary services are additionally provided for the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) and Police Scotland.


The laboratory is trying to deliver as many diagnostic services as it can during this difficult time. All aspects of the service offered by the department during the pandemic have been thoroughly: risk assessed, monitored and their effectiveness re-evaluated.

Any changes to the diagnostic/clinical services provided by the department can be found here:

COVID-19 Current Changes To Service

The laboratory has been inspected by the Health & Safety Team to confirm we are providing a service in-line with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.

COVID Safe Statement

Departmental Links:

GGC Pathology User Manual

GGC Pathology Request Form

GGC Pathology Specimen Dispatch Note

GGC Pathology Departmental Complaints Procedure

NHS Code of Practice on Protecting Patient Confidentiality

Confidentiality and Data Protection Policy

Muscle Biopsy Request Form

GGC Transport of Specimens Policy


Last Updated: 24 September 2021