Ophthalmic pathology forms part of Adult Histopathology and
provides a diagnostic service in ophthalmic histopathology and
cytopathology. It is one of 4 laboratories within England making up
the National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Service (NSOPS).
NSOPS laboratories were commissioned by the National
Commissioning Group (now the Advisory Group for National
Specialised Services) and are centrally funded. This means that NHS
cases submitted to NSOPS laboratories for examination are seen
without charge to the referring clinician for patients in
The laboratory aims to provide a high quality and timely service
with provision of expertise in diagnosis using an appropriate range
of techniques including histology, cytology, immunofluorescence,
immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy.
The department consists of two consultant histopathologists (one
full-time and one part-time), an ophthalmic lead biomedical
scientist and a clerical staff member.
The department is committed to the safe and secure handling and
disposal of confidential information and accurately reporting
results of investigations in a timely, confidential and clinically
Material may be submitted elsewhere for techniques not performed
within the department, such as PCR studies/ molecular studies.
The department does not arrange or provide the following
diagnostic laboratory services: microbiology, virology, immunology,
haematology, biochemistry, or advice on control of infection.
(Last updated May 10th 2016)