Adult Histopathology - turnaround times
The department is currently working towards recently published
RCPath turnaround time targets. We therefore aim to report at least
80% of diagnostic biopsies (apart from those requiring
decalcification) within 7 calendar days (from the date taken) and
at least 80% of all other specimens (apart from those requiring
decalcification) within 10 calendar days (from the date taken).
Reporting times for all specimens urgent, HSC205, or routine may
be extended if they are high risk specimens, large resection
specimens or calcified or bony samples.
Any case requiring specialist techniques such as
immunohistochemistry or electron microscopy will also likely have
extended reporting times.
Some cases may require referral to a specialist referral centre,
which can prolong reporting times. This would include samples such
as lymphomas, which are routinely referred to the Haematological
Malignancy Diagnostic Service at Christie Hospital.
However, a preliminary report would be issued beforehand.
An appropriate frozen section request will aim to be reported by
telephone within 30 minutes. Frozen sections should normally be
booked with the laboratory beforehand (also see specimen handling
section for frozen sections).
Histology Reports: Tel: 0161 701 1615, Fax:
0161 276 6348
Specimen Reception: (Inc. Frozen section
requests) Tel: 0161 276 8808, Fax: 0161 276 8808
(Last updated September 9th 2014)