Gynaecological Cytology

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Manchester Cytology Centre is one of eight large cervical screening laboratories in England. The department was selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the cervical screening service on behalf of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme for the North West region (Greater Manchester, Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire & Mersey) using high-risk Human Papillomavirus (HPV) testing as the primary screening test.

The department is affiliated to the North of England Pathology and Screening Education Centre (Manchester). Cytology and Virology departments and the Education Centre are situated within the Clinical Sciences Centre at the Oxford Road Campus.

The Manchester Cytology Centre is located on the first floor of the Clinical Sciences Centre. Virology is located on the third floor. All visitors should access the departments via Central Reception on the ground floor.

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
Clinic kits: 0161 276 5172

General email enquiries:

Patient-related email enquiries:

Opening hours

The department is open from 9.00 am – 5.00 pm, Monday to Friday (except bank holidays) for clinical and technical queries.

Clinical advice

A Consultant Cytopathologist or Consultant Biomedical Scientist is available to answer gynaecological queries, discuss any aspect of the cytology report and provide advice on patient management from 9.00am – 5.00pm, Monday to Friday. Telephone 0161 276 5111

Clinical advice is also provided at multi-disciplinary team meetings. The clinical lead or cervical screening provider lead will respond to written enquiries.

Technical advice

Lead and Advanced Biomedical Scientists are available for technical advice, Monday to Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm. Telephone 0161 276 5111

Visiting the laboratory

The Manchester Cytology Centre has an ‘open access’ policy for healthcare professionals who may want to visit the department.

Visits by medical staff can be arranged by contacting Dr Miles Holbrook.

Informal visits by non-clinical staff can be arranged by contacting the Lead Biomedical Scientists.

ICE Desktop and CSTD-related queries

Contact Labs IT on 0161 276 4079 or Email


(Last reviewed August 2021)