Cellular Pathology

This department operates at both James Cook and Friarage Hospitals.

The laboratories (except the Andrology Service) are UKAS accredited to the ISO15189:2012 standards for Medical laboratories.

Our accreditation is limited to those activities described on our UKAS schedule of accreditation found here.

The James Cook site comprises of:

Pathology staff James Cook Hospital

  • Histology (including Andrology Specimens)
  • Neuropathology
  • Cytology (Non-Gynaecological Specimens Only)
  • Mortuary

The Friarage site comprises of:

Microscope with slide

  • Histology
  • Cytology (non-gynaecological, post vas and infertility samples)
  • Mortuary

The working hours are:

Cellular pathology: Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5.30pm at the James Cook site
Monday to Friday 8.30am to 5pm at the Friarage site
For semen infertility specimens see semen sample guidelines
Mortuary: 8.30am to 4.30pm on both sites
(out of these hours mortuary on-call staff can be contacted via the hospital switch board)

Please note:

  • Three points of patient identification are required on both the specimen container and the request form.
  • Two points of identification are required on any slides sent to the laboratory.
  • Location and consultant must be on the request form.
  • Specimen type and clinical details must be on the request form.
  • Verbal requests for tests are not accepted

Failure to do this may result in delays in diagnosis while the specimen is returned to source.

We aim to report the majority of specimens in-house but cases may be referred off site for a number of reasons:

  • Where the consultant reporting a case feels that it is sufficiently rare, difficult or unusual to warrant an external expert opinion.
  • Where there is a network requirement for review of a cancer diagnosis.
  • Where the patient is discussed by a specialist or network multi-disciplinary team (MDT) as part of agreed network practice.
  • Where the patient is referred between locality and specialist teams in the network for treatment (or diagnostic) purposes and review of existing pathological material is requested or forms part of agreed network practice.
  • Where the requested test is not included in the department repertoire (eg HER2 testing).
  • Diagnostic reporting to maintain turnaround times.

Click here for cellular pathology referral centres.

Printable templates for histology and non-gynaecological cytology and andrology are available here.

A consultant pathologist or senior scientist is available for urgent reporting or urgent queries during normal working hours. Clinical advice is available from a consultant histopathologist on test selection and interpretation for histology, neuropathology, gynae and non-gynae cytology samples. Enquiries should be directed via the secretarial staff, on extension 54123 (James Cook), who should be able to put you in contact with the relevant consultant histopathologist.

The directorate provides a technical service for the examination of semen infertility and post vasectomy samples. Clinical advice is available from a clinical embryologist in the department of reproductive medicine at James Cook extension 54856 (James Cook).