The term Andrology is derived from the Greek word Andros, or man, and is the medical speciality that deals with problems of the male reproductive system.
Andrology is an integral part of the Cellular Pathology Department.
We hold clinics at both the Royal Blackburn Hospital and Burnley General Hospital sites.
We provide services to analyse semen samples and receive referrals from both internal and external sources for both fertility and post vasectomy sterilization specimens.
All the services we provide adhere to the current World Health Organisation (WHO) guidelines- Examination and processing of human semen (5th edition, 2010) and Association of Biomedical Andrologist Guidelines- Laboratory Andrology Guidelines for Good Practice (Version 3- 2012).
Our open times are 8:00am-1:00pm, Monday-Friday at Royal Blackburn Teaching Hospital and Friday (only) 8:00am-2:00pm at Burnley General Teaching Hospital.
Patient information leaflets can be viewed, downloaded and printed by using the links on this page.
Fertility specimens are dealt with on an appointment basis only and are carried out daily, Monday-Friday with clinics based at Burnley General Hospital and Royal Blackburn Hospital.
1 hour Post vasectomy Specimens
1 hour post vasectomy specimens are dealt with on an appointment only basis only when multiple positive samples are seen (i.e. sperm present). This allows the clinician to determine if the sperm are viable.
Key Personnel & Contact Information
Appointments 01254 734380
Tina Berry/Cath Kinder (Biomedical Scientists) 01254 735147
Reference ranges follow WHO) (5th edition, 2010). Ranges are available via the Clinician Guidelines hyperlink
We aim to have all cases reported back to the referring Clinician within 7 calendar days of receipt.
Accreditation and Quality Assurance
The Andrology section holds UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the International Standard ISO 15189:2012 for Medical Laboratories
All specimens will be tested by State Registered Biomedical Scientists who are regularly competency assessed.
The laboratory participates in external quality assurance (UKNEQAS) every quarter, for fertility analysis. All qualified Biomedical Scientists participate in the scheme and their results are internally monitored.All qualified Biomedical Scientists participate in internal quality assurance on a monthly basis for fertility and post vasectomy analysis. The results from individuals are collated and monitored for inter-staff variability.