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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 pharmacy.

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 including:

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
  • Dermatopathology
  • 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 scientific training.

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.

Contact us

Adult Histopathology

Histology reports 0161 701 1615
Specimen reception 0161 276 8808

Paediatric Histopathology

Histology reports

0161 701 2375

0161 701 2358

0161 701 2247

Specimen reception 0161 721 1269


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)