Turnaround time - Non-gynaecological Cytology
The NG cytology department is guided by the guidelines of the
Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) on turn around times (TAT),
that is, 80% of cases are to be reported within seven calendar days
of sample being taken whilst 90% are to be reported within ten
calendar days - www.rcpath.org.
TAT relates to the final local report and excludes cases sent for
external opinion and those that require molecular biology analysis
and the department is required to publish monthly audit reports.
This information is available on request.
However, sometimes a sample may be deemed urgent by the
requesting clinician for a variety of reasons, including patients
being of the HSC205 pathway. In these instances, the reporting
cyto/histopathologist will aim to give at least a verbal report to
the requesting clinician within 1 to 3 working days provided the
request form is clearly marked urgent/HSC205. Any verbal report is
usually provisional pending assessment of all material and/or
ancillary testing. In these instances, the clinician should
telephone the laboratory in advance and provide a contact name and
phone or bleep number.
Additionally, due to the nature of the sample, all cerebrospinal
fluid (CSF) samples are deemed urgent regardless of any indication
by the requesting clinician. It is strongly recommended that the
clinicians inform the laboratory prior to aspirating any CSF
samples so that transport instructions may be conveyed and the
laboratory is prepared for receipt of the sample.
(Last updated April 21st 2016)