Pathology Department: Cavan Monaghan Hospital

Cavan General Hospital Pathology Laboratory INAB logo

About Us

The Pathology Laboratory, Cavan General Hospital provides comprehensive laboratory services including blood transfusion, haematology, coagulation, biochemistry, endocrinology, immunology, histology, non-gynaecological cytology and microbiology.

Full details of services available to users are available in the Cavan General Hospital Pathology Laboratory External Users Guide.

The laboratory is composed of 6 departments:

1. Biochemistry

The biochemistry department provides the following services:

  • The measurement of the chemical constituents of body fluids, for use not only in diagnosis of disease, but also in monitoring the course of disease, the effect of treatment and prognosis.
  • Clinical advice.

2. Blood Transfusion

The blood transfusion laboratory provides the following services:

  • A comprehensive blood transfusion service
  • Traceability of transfused and non-transfused blood and blood components
  • Laboratory serological investigation of transfusion reactions

 3. Cytology

The cytology department provides a non-gynaecological and largely fine needle aspirate driven liquid based cytology diagnostic service.

4. Haematology

The haematology department provides the following services:

  • A comprehensive range of laboratory tests to aid in the diagnosis and management of haematological disorders. 
  • clinical advice & consultative service
  • An oral anticoagulant monitoring service on daily basis. 

5. Histopathology

The histopathology department provides a diagnostic and consultative service to clinicians on a wide range of tissues received.

6. Microbiology

The microbiology department provides the following services:

  • A laboratory service for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of infectious diseases
  • A consultative service for the diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of infectious diseases
  • A laboratory service for the surveillance and management of infectious disease.


When phoning from outside of Cavan General Hospital, add (049) 437 as the prefix to the numbers below




Specimen Reception



Consultant Histopathologists

Dr Hala Rizkalla


Consultant Microbiologists

Dr Cathal Collins

Dr Billie Caceda

Dr. Elizabeth Trautt

3146 (9am to 5pm Monday to Friday
(Excluding Bank Holidays). 
Outside these hours,
available through Hospital Reception

Consultant Clinical Biochemist

Dr Maria Fitzgibbon


Consultant Haematologists

Dr Anne Fortune

Dr Barry MacDonagh



Laboratory Manager

Brian O’Malley


Blood Transfusion

Eamon Hannick*


Haematology & Coagulation

Anna Dowd*


Clinical Chemistry

Fiona Jennings*

Elaine Fitzpatrick*




Brigid Irvine*



Larry O’Neill*

Karen Smith*

Fionnuala Gilmartin*

Linda Crowe*

Conor McPhillips*






Histology Reports

Laboratory Secretaries


Microbiology Reports

Laboratory Secretaries


Haematology, Coagulation, Clinical Chemistry Reports

Laboratory Secretaries


Surveillance Scientists

Brian McDonald

Aileen Reilly


   * = Chief/Senior Scientists in these departments

All extension numbers are pre-fixed by (049) 437 from outside the hospital.


The routine service hours of the Pathology Laboratory in Cavan General Hospital are as follows:

Monday - Friday              08.00 - 20.00 hours

Lunch                              13.00 - 14.00 hours (reduced staff numbers)


The laboratory is situated on the first floor of Cavan General Hospital building.  The postal address of the department is:

Pathology Laboratory

Cavan General Hospital,


Tel (049) 4376293

Fax (049) 4336993


User Guide

The Cavan General Hospital Pathology Laboratory External Users Guide provides information on the tests provided within the Department, sample types, reference ranges and expected turn around times.  Please note that changes to the user manual between revisions are highlighted in grey.

Where changes to services or sample requirements are required between revisions of the user guide, users will be notified of these by email in the form of memoranda.  Copies of all pertinent issued memos are available under ‘Updates’ below until they have been incorporated into the user guide available here.

On issue of a new revision of the user guide, users will be notified by email.


 Useful Links

Biomnis Laboratories Website

Cervical Check – National Screening Programme Website

Haemochromatosis Genetic Testing Consent Form

Healthlink Website

National Virus Reference Laboratory Website

Rotunda Hospital Andrology Service

National Centre for Medical Genetics Our Lady’s Hospital Crumlin

Irish Blood Transfusion Service

The Genetics Laboratory GSTS Pathology London

National Centre for Hereditary Coagulation Disorders St. James’s Hospital

Irish Meningitis and Sepsis Reference Laboratory Temple Street

National Newborn Screening Laboratory Temple Street