The laboratory provides Consultant led services in a range of ISO 15189 accredited disciplines

The Pathology Department operates from a state of the art medical laboratory, utilising modern instruments and technology to deliver high quality and cost effective medical laboratory examination results. All pathology services undergo continuous review through quality assurance and internal and external audits.Our customers are individuals requiring easy access to a wide range of laboratory tests that are completed to the highest standards with a rapid turnaround time at an affordable price.


Services Offered


The Histopathology Department provides a varied range of services including Tissue Pathology (including frozen sections for rapid diagnosis), Non-Gynaecological  Cytology and Immunohistochemistry.


The Microbiology Laboratory examines a diverse range of specimens for bacterial, fungal, and viral properties and determines the sensitivity of bacteria to antibiotics.  The department provides a clinical service which ensures that patients are treated in a timely and effective manner. The department works closely with the Hospital Infection  Prevention and Control Department.

Blood Transfusion

The Hospital Blood Bank provides routine and emergency compatibility testing for both surgical and medical patients.  The Blood Transfusion laboratory also  provides a stock of manufactured blood products including solvent detergent plasma and albumin.


A diagnostic haematology service is provided which includes Full Blood Counts, blood film examination, Reticulocyte counts, ESR & Infectious Mononucleosis testing.  Routine Coagulation Screening includes PT/INR and APTT.  D-dimers are also available.


The automated chemistry section provides analysis of samples for renal, liver, cardiac, lipid, iron studies and specific protein assays.  The Immunoassay section  performs endocrine, tumour marker, troponin and therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) assays.

For a full list of services/prices provided by the Pathology Department please refer to the 'Primary Sample Collection Manual' and 'Pathology Prices' document in the Resources section below.


About the Team

Interpretative Consultant Pathology Services are available in the following specialities, Histopathology, Cytopathology, Clinical Microbiology and Blood Transfusion incorporating Haemovigilance and Traceability activities.

The Pathology department team consists of:

  • Laboratory Services Manager
  • Consultant Histopathologist/Clinical Director
  • Consultant Microbiologist
  • Consultant Haematologist
  • Laboratory Quality Assurance Officer
  • Departmental Senior Scientists
  • Medical Scientists
  • Haemovigilance Officer
  • Support Services including Phlebotomy, Laboratory Aides and Secretarial Staff


Consultation Process

  • Urgent Haematology and Clinical Biochemistry tests will be available within 1 hour.
  • Routine Haematology and Clinical Biochemistry tests will be available within 3 hours.
  • Microbiology results are available within 1-3 days..
  • Histopathology results are available within 2-4 days.
  • Blood transfusion results are available within 1 day.


Contact Information

We can be contacted through the main reception at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee (066) 7149800.


Opening Hours

Our laboratory provides a 24/7 service for in-patients and results are available to requesting clinicians in a timely manner.


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Des Farrell
Consultant Histopathologist
Pathology Histopathology
Bon Secours Hospital Tralee
Phone: 066 714 9800 Fax: n/a

Dr. Des Farrell

Consultant Histopathologist


Dr Farrell is a Consultant Histopathologist at the Bon Secours Hospital Tralee.  Dr Farrell was first appointed as Consultant Histopathologist in 1997 and spent 7 years in a busy district general hospital in the UK before returning to Ireland in 2004.  


Specialist Interest

 Skin, Urological and Gastrointestinal Pathology and in the application of fine needle aspiration cytology.


Education and Experience

MB BCh BAO Trinity College Dublin 1987

MRCPath 1994

DipRCPath (cytopathology) 1996

FRCPath 2002

FFPathRCPI 2005             


Appointments and Training Posts

Consultant Histopathologist/ Cytopathologist

 2004 – to date

Bon Secours Hospital Tralee


Consultant Histopathologist/ Cytopathologist

1997 - 2004

Torbay Hospital, Torquay, Devon, UK

College Tutor for Pathology - 2001 to 2004


House Officer:

Royal City of Dublin Hospital, Baggot Street, Dublin, 1 st July - 3 1 st December 1987.

Prince Charles Hospital, Merthyr Tydfil, Wales, 1 st February 1988 – 31 st July 1988


Senior House Officer in Pathology

Trafford General Hospital, Manchester, 1 st August 1988 - 7 th January 1990.


Rotational Registrar/ Senior Registrar in Histopathology:

Northern and Yorkshire Regional Health Authority, 8 th January 1990 - 5 th May 1997.


MB BCh BAO FRCPath DipRCPath(cytology) FFPathRCPI


The laboratory is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday

Contact Details

  • Dr. Des Farrell

An Out-patient Phlebotomy service is available to all patients with a completed request form.

Patients can be directed to our services through their:

  • General Practitioners
  • Consultant specialists
  • Medical centres
  • Other health care facilities.

Opening Hours:

Monday to Friday between the following times:

9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m.; and
2.00 - 4.30 p.m.


The walk-in Phlebotomy service is located within the main hospital building 


We offer a wide variety of pathology tests at very competitive prices to out-patients. Health insurance is not required to avail of our laboratory services.


Pathology Pricing:Pathology Prices.pdf


Primary Sample Collection Manual: Primary_Sample_Collection_Manual 2022.pdf


COVID-19 Laboratory Request Process Flow:  COVID_Process_Flow(1).pdf


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