Welcome to Path UK
Path UK is dedicated to bringing you the latest developments in pathology services in the United Kingdom.
Pathology is a term describing the study of diseases. Pathology services are different in nature depending on the type of pathology that is addressed. There are several different sub-branches of pathology. For example: anatomical pathology, hematopathology and clinical pathology.
The first one consists in analysing a disease through studying molecules, tissues and cells. The analysis usually makes use of instruments such as microscopes. Hematopathology studies diseases in the blood. This study comprises of analysing for example white blood cells, red blood cells, platelets and any tissues involved in the production or the preservation of these cells (such as the bone marrow). Finally, clinical pathology wants to study and diagnose diseases through analysing bodily fluids (such as urine and blood). It mainly analyses these in a laboratory environment.
Laboratory testing is very important when it comes to detection of diseases in the body. Hence, we have decided to focus on this latter branch of pathology on this website. Nevertheless, there are major crossovers between the many sub-branches of pathology so although we want to focus on clinical pathology, we may find ourselves talking about aspects and services related to anatomical, hematopathology or other kinds of pathology.
In the UK, all pathologists are doctors that are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC). Pathological services include for example, within the clinical branch of pathology, laboratory-based testing. Pathologists might specialise depending on the type of testing they conduct. Specialities include forensic, immunology, microbiology and chemical pathology.
In this website we want to include the latest news and information on pathological services and their repercussions in today’s modern world. For example, how many people test for sexually transmitted infections (STIs)? What does that say about the UK population? What kind of developments are there regarding vaccines? These are all questions that we want to tackle in our articles, giving many different opinions and from many different angles.
Analysing and breaking down studies on laboratory-based testing will be our main focus. Often we will also talk about pharmacological experiments and latest developments of drugs for treatment of diseases and infections. Pathology is a very important area of medicine, as it is in the forefront when it comes to describing, defining and analysing a disease. As aforementioned, our articles will not only be about the actual study: we also want to talk about the sociological aspect of pathological studies, and what this entails.
We want to make sure that all our readers understand what we are talking about; hence our language will always be friendly. We will avoid stuffing our articles with medical terms, as we ultimately want the public to understand and make use of the articles we write as a base of knowledge on the specific topic. We hope to address a satisfactory range of topics while maintaining a high standard of detail and description in our texts. Please feel free to browse all the articles we wrote by clicking on one of the titles on the left hand corner.