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
We do provide BMS on site rapid specimen adequacy assessment at
Head and Neck clinics, including thyroid, every Tuesday and
Thursday afternoons at CMFT and Wednesday afternoons at Trafford
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
- 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 0765 9545 074
- Please note calls must be received by 16:15 hrs for FNA
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 09:00 hrs to 12:30 hrs on 0161 446 3643 or
It is recommended that the support of a BMS be utilised for
optimal sample preparation.
(Last updated April 21st 2016)