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Turnaround times

The Synovial fluid cytology service is mandated by the guidelines of the Royal College of Pathologists (RCPath) on turnaround times, that is, 80% of cases to be reported within seven calendar days and 90% of all cases to be reported within ten calendar days.

However, sometimes a sample may be deemed urgent by the requesting clinician in these instances;

  • Urgent specimens will be processed on the same day if received by 13:30 hrs. Please provide a contact number or bleep and name.
  • Urgent specimens received by 16:00 hrs will be processed the same day if the clinician telephones the laboratory beforehand.
  • We will aim to give a same day report, this may only be a provisional report pending further ancillary tests.
  • It is recommended that the requesting clinician discuss such specimens with the cytopathologist between 08:00 and 16:00 hrs on 0161 276 5115/5116. in all cases, the clinician should telephone the laboratory in advance and provide a contact name and phone or bleep number.

Routine specimens will be processed on the same day provided that the sample is received by 11:00 hrs. This may vary depending on clinical information or if ancillary tests are required e.g special stains.

  • Synovial fluid cytology reports are printed and sent out daily, addressed to the consultant or GP who requested the test.
  • Reports of any Sepsis are telephoned.
  • To discuss the cytology report with the Consultant Cytopathologist, contact the department between 08:00 hrs and 17:00 hrs on 0161 276 5115/5116

(Last updated June 2nd 2016)