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Histopathology reports

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 24hrs

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)