Cellular Pathology

Cellular Pathology is the section of Pathology concerned with the study of cells (Cytology) and the study of tissues (Histopathology). More information can be found by clicking the links to each area.

NOTE: Cytology does not carry out white cell counts on fluid samples. These are done in Microbiology (Pinderfields).

Turn Around Times

The laboratory aims to report the majority (90%) of samples that it receives within a certain timeframe. These are:-

Sample Type​        Number of Days from Receipt

​Andrology​                        7

​Non Gynae                      ​7

​Private Cases                  ​7

​BCSP​                               7

The laboratory aims to report the majority (80%) of samples that it receives within a certain timeframe.  These are:-

Sample Type​                           Number of Days from Receipt

Urgent                                                  7

Cancer Pathways                                 7

Diagnostic Biopsies                             7

Intermediate Size Specimens             10

Large Specimens (Treatments)           14

Note to Service Users 31/03/2022

Due to a shortage of Consultant pathologists in the department, currently the published Cellular Pathology turnaround times are not all being met.  The department will prioritise all cancer and urgent cases to ensure these are reported within the published  turnaround times.  We apologise for any delay in diagnosis.  

If this is having any clinical impact on patient care please notify the department on 01924 512088 / 35088 and we will endeavour to provide a diagnosis in a timely manner.  We apologise for the inconvenience and are working on actions to improve our service.

Summary Specimen Requirements.PNG

Key Contacts

Cellular Pathology Results - Extension 35088 - 01924 512088

Mrs Becky Osborne - Chief BMS Cellular Pathology - Extension 31816 - 01924 816186- b.osborne@nhs.net

Dr. Kevin Birbeck - Clinical Lead for Cellular Pathology - Extension 38179 - 01924 816179- kevin.birbeck@nhs.net

Page Last Updated 26/03/21