The Laboratory at the Beacon Hospital is committed to providing the most accurate, precise and reliable test results in the shortest possible time.

The Laboratory has been equipped with the latest in automated, high quality and technologically advanced equipment in Ireland. Our team consists of highly qualified and dedicated scientists and pathologists. All of these factors are paramount to the successful and accurate diagnostics and treatment of patients.

Our Laboratory consists of five main specialities: Blood Transfusion, Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology and Microbiology. All five specialties have ISO 15189 accreditation (INAB reference 242MT) through the Irish National Accreditation Board with a defined scope available through the INAB website.

Laboratory Specialities:

Our Laboratory is divided into 5 main specialist areas.
  • Blood Transfusion

    Our Blood Transfusion department tests patient’s blood types at the same time as examining their blood for the presence of any rare blood group antibodies. Patients undergoing surgery will always have these tests done prior to their surgery. This ensures that in the unlikely event they require a blood transfusion during, or after surgery, we have the correct units ready.

    Patients who have haematological disorders who may require regular transfusions are also tested regularly. By performing these tests, we can ensure that all patients receiving transfusions receive only suitable units. The number one priority of our Blood Transfusion Department is ensuring the safest possible transfusion of blood and blood products.

    The Blood Transfusion Department is also responsible for HLA testing. This is the essential testing necessary for patients requiring organ transplant.

  • Clinical Biochemistry

    Clinical Biochemistry is the branch of laboratory medicine that focuses primarily on the measurement of molecules. These molecules are tested for in a range of body fluids such as whole blood, plasma, serum, urine and cerebrospinal fluid. The results of clinical biochemistry tests are compared to reference intervals or a medical decision level to provide diagnostic and clinical meaning for the values.

    The Clinical Biochemistry laboratory of the Beacon Hospital offers a 24/7 service using specialized diagnostic equipment and analytical techniques to provide a broad variety of testing. Thousands of tests are performed monthly in our lab and these biochemical measurements assist in determining the function of the kidneys, liver, heart, thyroid and other endocrine organs. As well as assessing cardiovascular risk by measuring lipids (including cholesterol), or diagnosing and monitoring diabetes (Glucose & HbA1c). The latest tests are also available to help determine fertility status (like AMH), bone health, Iron-deficient anaemia, heart failure (NT Pro-BNP) or help diagnosis and monitor cancers.

    Infectious serology (HIV, Hepatitis, Syphilis, Rubella) and Therapeutic drug monitoring are among other testing services offered by the lab.

  • Haematology

    Haematology is a branch of medicine concerning the study of blood, blood-forming organs such as bone marrow, and blood-related disorders and diseases. One of the most common Haematology tests is the Full Blood Count (FBC). This test can detect disorders such as anaemia, infections and malignancies. Coagulation tests are also performed which can detect disorders of the clotting system and monitoring of anti-coagulation therapies, such as Warfarin. Other routine tests include Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), Sickle Screening, Malaria, Infectious mononucleosis screen and Reticulocytes.

  • Histopathology

    Our hospital’s histopathology service offers meticulous tissue analysis for accurately diagnosing diseases. With state-of-the-art equipment, skilled scientists, and pathologists, we provide comprehensive histopathological and cytopathological evaluations, including Special stains and Immunohistochemistry. We ensure precise results that guide treatment decisions, improve patient outcomes and adhere to the highest standards of care and excellence. ​

  • Microbiology

    Our Microbiology Laboratory identifies the organisms in your body which are causing your infection. These organisms can be bacteria, viruses, fungi or parasites. Once the lab identifies the organism, you doctor can then determine the best treatment or antibiotic to destroy this harmful organism.

    Prompt testing and resulting is particularly important is relation to suspected cases of meningitis and other highly time sensitive for treatment diseases. Samples for suspected cases of these time sensitive diseases are processed urgently.

    Respiratory viral screening is also performed as part of our routine testing.

    The most common infections tested for in the Microbiology Laboratory are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI’s), Respiratory Tract Infections and Gastro-Intestinal infections.

Blood Tests

If you are due to attend our Phlebotomy clinic for a blood test, please click here for further information.

Our specialist Phlebotomists are highly skilled in the art of taking blood samples in a quick, professional and comfortable manner. We understand that some patients may be nervous of needles and will do our best to reassure you and make you feel at ease.

Blood samples taken are sent to our internal laboratory for processing as soon as they are taken. Some samples may have to be sent to an external laboratory depending on the tests required.

When you have finished having your specimen taken, your Phlebotomist will put a small plaster on the area that you should leave in place for 24 hours.
Results will be sent to the requesting Clinician, who will in turn inform you of these results.

Results and Turnaround Times

As our lab is fully computerised, your blood test results will be available in real-time to all areas of the hospital. The majority of routine Haematology, Clinical Biochemistry and Blood Transfusion results should be available within 2 hours.

Microbiology results typically take between 24 and 48 hours. This is due to the time it takes to grow the organisms.

Histopathology results take a bit longer due to the preparation process needed for the tissue sample. Results for Histopathology take up to 10 days. If further specialised testing is needed results may take longer. Where this is the case, an interim report will be issued.

Laboratory User Manual

Read the Beacon Hospital Laboratory User Manual