Histopathology is the macroscopic and microscopic examination of
tissue samples to diagnose and evaluate disease.
The Department of Adult Histopathology is in the Clinical
Sciences Centre at Manchester Royal Infirmary.
The Department of Diagnostic Paediatric Histopathology is
situated on the third floor of the Royal
Manchester Children's Hospital, next to in-patients
We provide comprehensive services to the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Trust, General Practitioners and other
regional and national health care providers.
The department is subdivided into functional units
The surgical pathology workload is organised into a
sub-specialist team reporting system, which includes:
- Gynaecological and obstetric pathology
- Gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and hepatic pathology
- Renal, urological and endocrine pathology
- Haematological and lymphoreticular pathology
- Paediatric Pathology
- Osteoarticular and soft tissue pathology
- Head and neck pathology
- Cardiothoracic and respiratory pathology
- Ophthalmic pathology
Autopsies are carried out by consultant and trainee
histopathologists within the adjacent adult mortuary or by
paediatric consultant histopathologists in the paediatric mortuary,
on the third floor of the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital.
The department deals with approximately 24,000 surgical cases,
around 1,300 autopsies and 300 perinatal/neonatal post
mortems on behalf of HM Coroner annually.
The department comprises over 75 medical, scientific and
ancillary staff and has an excellent reputation for clinical and
The ST1 Training school, which was opened in 2005, offers entry
to run-through training for high quality entrants to the
Histopathology specialist training scheme of the North West
Deanery. The department is also approved by the Institute of
Biomedical Science for the training of Biomedical Scientists.
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We are open Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.00pm. The department
does not operate an out-of-hours service or shift system.
(Last updated May 11th 2016)