Public invited to National Pathology Week events

One of the biggest pathology laboratories in the UK will be sharing its knowledge with the public in a series of lectures for National Pathology Week from 10.30am to 4.15pm on Saturday 7th November in the Benjamin Gooch Lecture Theatre at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Pathology Directorates at NNUH undertake nearly nine million tests each year, helping to diagnose and manage hundreds of thousands of local patients who are receiving treatment from their GP or in hospital, making it one of the largest labs in the country.  Their work includes many different tests on blood, urine and other fluids, checking cervical “smear tests”, examining tissue removed as biopsies or at surgery, testing samples for evidence or infection, and undertaking genetics tests.   

This year’s theme for National Pathology Week is about the workings of the heart and circulatory system.  Twelve consultants and experts from both the hospital and Norwich Research Park will be talking about subjects such as hardening of the arteries, cholesterol, the electrics of the heart, and the effect of plant compounds on cardiovascular health.  In addition, there will be more general demonstrations about the work of the various pathology disciplines of the Trust in the East Atrium of the hospital.

NNUH Pathology consultant Professor Richard Ball said: ”This is the second year that we have run events for National Pathology Week.  Members of the public are most welcome to turn up for the Saturday event and sit in for as many of the talks as they like.” 

A schools event is also being held on Monday, 2 November with a series of short talks in the Trust’s Gooch Lecture Theatre for local sixth form students on the heart and circulation. 

People are welcome to turn up for any of the Saturday lectures without making a booking.  To see a copy of the programme for the day, to to: or telephone the Communications Team on 01603 287634. 

Tuesday 27th of October 2009 10:00:05 AM