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Fine needle aspiration cytology samples

The non-gynaecological cytology department provides biomedical scientist (BMS) assistance at fine needle aspiration cytology (FNAC) clinics to prepare direct spreads and needle rinses.

Please note the BMS staff do not perform the aspirations.

We do provide BMS on site rapid specimen adequacy assessment at Head and Neck clinics, including thyroid, every Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon at Central MFT and Wednesday afternoons at Trafford General Hospital.

At the Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, the BMS provides FNA assistance and on site specimen adequacy assessment of all types of FNA samples.

The staff in the laboratory will be pleased to advise and assist on any aspect of sample collection. Please contact the department at:

  • Cytology Department, Monday to Friday between 08:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs on 0161 276 5111/ 5115/5116. We may also be contacted by bleep on 07623 916 594.
  • Please note calls must be received by 16:15 hrs for FNA attendance.

In the absence of Cytology staff assistance, a guide to performing aspirations and making spreads is available. Please also see our series of short videos on Fine Needle Aspiration Cytology.

  • Christie hospital - FNA clinics Monday to Friday 09:00hrs to 12:30hrs and Tuesday 13:00hrs to 16:30hrs on 0161 446 3643 or 0755-411-6250

It is recommended that the support of a BMS be utilised for optimal sample preparation.


(Last reviewed 27th February 2018)