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Non-gynaecological cytology FAQs

These are some of the most frequently asked questions about using our non-gynaecological cytology service.

If your question is not answered here, try the non-gynaecological cytology user guide (PDF, 8.7MB) or contact us.


(Last updated April 21st 2016)

Exfoliative cytology samples must be collected into clean containers and sent to the laboratory as soon as possible.

See detailed information on all exfoliative cytology sample collection.

Each specimen must be accompanied by a completed and matching sample request form.

All specimen containers must be clearly labelled with:

  • The patient's full name
  • Their date of birth
  • Their NHS or hospital number
  • Specimen type (non-gynaecological)

The staff in the laboratory can advise and assist on any aspect of sample collection.

The team at Manchester Cytology Centre is available Monday to Friday between 8:30am and 5:00pm, on 0161 276 5111, 0161 276 5115 or 0161 276 5116.

They can also be contacted by bleep on 07623 916 594. Please note calls must be received by 4:15pm for FNA attendance.

The Christie FNA clinics are available Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 12:30pm and Tuesday 13.00hrs to 16.30hrs on 0161 446 3643.

In the absence of cytology staff assistance, see a guide to performing aspirations and making spreads.

The support of a BMS is recommended for optimal sample preparation.

See detailed information on collecting fine needle aspirations.

To order non-gynaecological cytology request forms, call us at Manchester Royal Infirmary on 0161 276 5111, 0161 276 5115 or 0161 276 5116

If you are at The Christie, call 0161 446 3643.

For an out of hours request, an electronic copy is available.