Is a Centre Hospitalier a sub-branch of a CHU?

I need to have some blood tests done and my Specialist has asked me to do them at a CHU rather than the local lab I have previously used. Unfortunately the nearest CHU is 90 km away. There are several Centre Hospitaliers within 30 km which take appointments for blood tests. Are these offshoots of the CHU regional? Don’t really want a 180 km round trip just for blood tests.

Only difference is that one is linked to a university and the other isn’t.

I would ask the specialist, secretary to check and advise? I’m no doctor but it could be the tests you need are more special than usual.
Google C H U and good luck.


Both are centre hospitalier, but a CH is centre hospitalier université, so is linked to a university (To me that is the equivalent of a teaching hospital). And both will specialise in diagnosis.

Have a look there for the definitions. The important thing is that both are public facilities, not private.

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Thanks JaneJones. Will go to the nearest CH lab, presuming they will send the sample to the regional centre if it needs specialist processing.

As others have mentioned, a CHU is a specialist university teaching hospital which has access to a much wider array of tests than most labs. There is likely a reason the specialist made this request and the only way to find out is to ask him/her. It could be that the test involves some kind of gene panel testing or some other advanced procedure that is not available from a local test lab. It could just be a degree of snobbishness on the specialist’s part and overkill, but if visiting a CHU is such an undertaking then for sure check in order to avoid an unnecessary journey.

I’d expect the peripheral hospital lab to send them to the regional lab, is this not done in France?

For the vast majority of tests there is a local lab. A friend is due to have a more specialist gene testing, and that will go to the lab in the town. Very little is transferred to regional level.

France is very big compared to England! My region is the same size as Estonia.

I was doing a lesson today and discovered that Australia is 14 times bigger than France, I had some gobsmacked kids (which was nice for a change!!)

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Now you’re just showing off!

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And has the same IQ (hides)

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I showed my 2des a map of Australia today, with the whole of Western Europe inside, they thought I was joking at first. What amazes them is that France is 2.5 times bigger than the UK but the populations are similar (and only 10% of the UK’s people live in the northernmost third). Goodness population density will be something down south when Scotland leaves the union.

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Oh gosh I’m so sorry, my reply so went on the wrong thread!!! :rofl: @vero absolutely agree, they couldn’t get their heads around a 25 million population with all that space! Then I had the fact on the board that 80% of the population live within 50km of the coast! 'Miss, so it is empty in the middle!? ’ errr yep :rofl: ask @David_Spardo :rofl:

It was only about 12 million before I got there, and now 25 million.
It wasn’t me Miss, honest. :rofl:

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I grew up with 16 m . it has changed so much! Yes I agree one man couldn’t do that :smiling_face_with_three_hearts: :rofl:

Not enough time, you mean, I assume. :rofl:

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