Quality statement

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The Manchester Cytology Centre is CPA accredited and recently underwent an ISO inspection in August 2017. 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 External Quality Assurance (EQA) schemes and the performance of all screening staff is monitored monthly following NHSCSP guidelines. Samples that are primary screened for HR-HPV are processed by the Virology department who participate in the UK National EQA and Quality Control of molecular Diagnostics (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 on 0161 276 5119 or the cellular pathology manager on 0161 276 6138.

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.


(Last reviewed November 16th 2017)