Cytology specimen requirements
Impression cytology discs should be submitted in a pot
containing formalin in a manner similar to histology specimens.
Vitrectomy specimens: We prefer to receive a formal pars plana
vitrectomy in a cassette or bag. If samples are required for
microbiology, virology or PCR etc please remove these from the
cassette/bag first. These samples need to be fixed in an equal
volume of 10% neutral buffered formalin
Small volume cytology specimens: the syringe used in the
collection of the sample may be submitted with the fluid inside.
Needles must be removed and the syringe capped. The specimen should
be fixed using an equal volume of 10% formalin drawn up into the
same syringe. Indication should be made on the request form as to
whether the specimen is fixed or not.
Please do not send unfixed specimens from outside hospitals
unless by same day courier.
If microbiological investigation is required, the requesting
clinician must submit a separate specimen to an appropriate
It is not possible for this laboratory to split a specimen under
(Last updated May 10th 2016)