Quality statement

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The Manchester Cytology Centre is fully accredited by UKAS to ISO15189:2012 – accreditation number: 8648. All cervical samples are processed and screened following NHS Cervical Screening Programme guidelines and the regional Screening Quality Assurance Services (SQAS) recommendations.

The Cytology department participates in the regional gynaecological and technical EQA schemes and the performance of all screening staff is monitored monthly following NHSCSP guidelines. HPV testing is undertaken by the Virology department who participate in two UK National EQA schemes.

The management and staff teams within the department are committed to providing a high-quality service to our users. We aim to continually improve our service through internal audit and annual feedback from users. If you do have a complaint, concern or compliment about any aspect of the service this should be addressed to the Cytology Laboratory Manager or Lead Biomedical Scientists.

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 (except bank holidays). Telephone 0161 276 5111

Technical advice

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


(Last reviewed August 2021)