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. Sample that are primary screened for HR-HPV are processed by the Virology department who participate in the UK National EQA and QCMD schemes.

The management and staff teams within the department are committed to providing a 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 lead biomedical scientists or the cytology manager.

Gynaecological queries

A consultant cytopathologist or a consultant biomedical scientist is available to answer any ‘gynaecological queries’ and discuss any aspect of the cytology report as well as give advice on patient management – 0161 276 5111


(Last reviewed September 2020)