Managers and staff at Royal Bolton Hospital are celebrating National Pathology Week starting from today, Monday.

The annual week is observed by health trusts all over the country as a way of celebrating the work that pathologists do and the difference they can make for people in their communities.

A statement from Bolton NHS Foundation Trust said: “As part of National Pathology Week we're celebrating the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare and the lives of patients in Bolton.

“Their work is at the centre of patient care, from diagnostic testing, treatment advice and disease prevention.”

According to the Royal College of Pathologists, the theme for this year is “Pathology: past, present and future.”

A statement from the organisation said: “National Pathology Week is our annual celebration of pathology, when we highlight the important contribution pathologists make to healthcare.

“Working in partnership with pathologists and laboratory scientists, our programme of events and activities aims to engage people of all ages and improve public awareness and understanding of how pathologists and scientists diagnose disease. 

“We welcome pathology-related events and activities of all sizes, and various formats, including online, in our nationwide programme, we’ve got lots of ideas and free resources to help with planning and delivering great activities.”