Gynaecological Cytology

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The Manchester Cytology Centre remains one of six national pilot sites working with Public Health England Screening and NHS England to continue the implementation of High-Risk HPV testing into the NHS Cervical Screening Programme ahead of the national roll-out, which is planned for 2019.

Approximately 40% of the laboratory workload has beenconverted to HPV primary screening with the remainder using traditional cytology primary screening. Full conversion to HPV primary screening is expected to be completed by December 2019.

The Manchester Cytology Centre is located on the first floor of the Clinical Sciences Centre. Virology is located on second floor. All visitors should access the departments via the central reception area on the ground floor. The department is affiliated to the North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre (Manchester) which is based on the ground floor of the Clinical Sciences Centre.

Contact us


Manchester Cytology Centre
First Floor,
Clinical Sciences Centre
Manchester Royal Infirmary
Oxford Road,
M13 9WL

Telephone enquiries:

Urgent and general enquiries: Tel: 0161 276 5111, Fax: 0161 276 3258

Email enquiries:

Hours of opening

The department is open from 8.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays)

ICE Desktop and CSTD-related queries

Contact Labs IT on 0161 276 4079 or email

Patient pathway through cervical screening

Download the Patient Pathway Through Cervical Screening flowchart, which shows the estimated maximum number of days between each step in the patient/sample pathway to achieve a 14-day turnaround from sample collection to receipt of the result letter.


(Last reviewed November 16th 2017)