Information for patients and carers

About the laboratories

Our locations and opening hours are listed below. Telephone numbers are on our home page.

At the Royal Sussex County Hospital,

Eastern Road,

Brighton BN2 5BE.

Pathology is one floor above A&E, on level 6 of the Tower Block.

Sample reception hours are:

0800 to 1900h Monday to Friday,
0900 to 1300h Saturday and Sunday.

At the Princess Royal Hospital,

Lewes Road,

Haywards Heath,

West Sussex RH16 4EX

The laboratories are on the first floor of the main building (above A&E).

Sample reception hours are:

0800 to 1800h Monday to Friday,
0900 to 1300h Saturday and Sunday.


For more information on University Hospitals Sussex NHS Trust, please go to the UHSussex website at

About your lab tests

If you want to find out more about laboratory tests we recommend Lab Tests Online. This is a website aimed at patients and designed to help you understand why lab tests are done, what results mean, and how they are used.

Lab Tests Online


Blood tests

If you need a blood test your doctor or other healthcare provider will arrange it. This will usually be at your GP's surgery or health centre. If you are having a blood test as part of an RSCH or PRH hospital outpatient appointment you can go to the hospital's phlebotomy (blood taking) clinic. Clinic opening hours are listed here. You will need to take your request form with you.

Other samples

Your healthcare provider may ask you to provide other types of sample for testing, such as urine or faeces (stool). Please follow any instructions you are given about how to provide the sample and where to return it.

If you have been asked to collect a 24 hour urine sample you can download the instructions here.

If you are asked to bring a sample to the laboratory yourself, please remember to bring the request form with it. It is also very important to label samples. This means first name, surname, date of birth, and the date you collected the sample. Without this we might not be able to process the sample and you could have to repeat the test.


Results are sent to the service that requested the test (e.g. hospital clinic, GP surgery).

The time taken to do laboratory tests varies. Some take a few hours, others may take days or weeks. Please remember that the turnaround times we have on this site are just for us to send the result out. They do not include the time it takes for your healthcare provider to process the results. Please follow your healthcare provider's advice on when to expect your results.

For reasons of confidentiality we cannot give results out to patients or carers over the telephone.