N.B. If the specimen arrives on a Friday the laboratory needs to
be notified if an urgent report is required to ensure a member of
staff is available at the weekend to process the biopsy.
Urgent frozen section: Report within 20 minutes
of biopsy specimen arrival in the laboratory
Tumour specimens: Initial verbal report within
1 -10 days depending whether biopsy or resection
Renal transplant biopsies: Initial verbal
demonstration and discussion with clinician within 24 hours
Rectal biopsies: Initial verbal report within
Non-urgent/routine specimens: 70% of cases
within 14 days, however, clinicians are encouraged to contact the
pathologists to discuss complex cases. Specimens containing bone or
teeth may take longer to report.
(Last updated February 25th 2015)