Laboratory Services | Bermuda Hospitals Board

1st Floor, General Wing, KEMH

7am to 4pm Monday to Friday

Tel: (441) 239-2032


Laboratory tests play a crucial role in the medical decisions doctors make about their patients’ health, from diagnosis through to therapy and prognosis.  Urine and blood tests are the most commonly used, with the samples providing a great deal of information about a patient’s health, from detecting a pregnancy to evaluating the function of your liver.

Other tests include cervical smears to detect and treat precancerous and cancerous lesions of the cervix, and tissue sampling via a biopsy to diagnose/treat breast cancer.

Our Laboratory provides services for the hospital as well as physician offices, clinics and nursing homes in Bermuda. We perform over one million tests and procedures each year.

Our Laboratory is Joint Commission International (JCI) Accredited.


Chemistry carries out an analysis of chemicals in the body. Many of the tests are performed on automated analysers, with a direct link to the laboratory information system. The tests can detect the function of the liver and kidney, monitor diabetic patients, drug therapy, cholesterol levels and hormone levels.

Haematology and Blood Transfusion

Haematology is the study of blood. Automated analysers are used for blood counts and tests associated with clotting. The blood transfusion laboratory tests for compatibility and issues all blood transfusion products.


Microbiology diagnoses infections caused by bacteria, fungi and parasites in the body. Bacteria are grown and identified, then tested for their antibiotic sensitivity. Antibiotic sensitivity patterns are recorded and monitored for the development of resistance and for detecting outbreaks of infections, both in hospitals and in the community. Antibiotic levels are monitored for effective treatment levels.

Histology and Cytology

Histopathology examines the cells of internal organs, Cytology examines the cells in cervical smears and other body fluids.

Mortuary Services

The Mortuary performs the examination after death when a postmortem is required to establish the cause of death. Samples may be taken and sent to any department in the laboratory to assist in the investigation.

BHB Laboratory Client Services Manual