Adult Histopathology

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Histopathology is the macroscopic and microscopic examination of tissue samples to diagnose and/or evaluate disease. Adult Histopathology is situated in the Clinical Sciences Building 1 at Manchester Royal Infirmary and is part of the Department of Cellular Pathology. We provide comprehensive services to Central Manchester University Hospitals Foundation Trust, General Practitioners, and Dental Practitioners and also provide specialist tertiary referral and opinion on a regional and national basis.

For any Paediatric Histopathology information, please see separate user guide.

The department is subdivided into functional units including:

  • Surgical histopathology
  • Immunohistochemistry
  • Electron microscopy

The surgical pathology workload is organised into a sub-specialist team reporting system, which includes:

  • Gynaecological pathology
  • Gastrointestinal, pancreaticobiliary and hepatic pathology
  • Renal, urological and endocrine pathology
  • Haematological and lymphoreticular pathology
  • Osteoarticular and soft tissue pathology
  • Head and neck pathology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Cardiothoracic and respiratory pathology
  • Ophthalmic pathology

Autopsies are carried out by Consultant Histopathologists, Specialist Doctors and Trainee Histopathologists within the adjacent Adult Mortuary. Further information can be found on the Adult Mortuary User Guide or by contacting the relevant Consultant Pathologist.

The department deals with approximately 30,000 surgical cases and around 1000 autopsies on behalf of HM Coroner annually. The department comprises over 60 medical, scientific and ancillary staff and has an excellent reputation for clinical and scientific training. The ST1 Training School, which was opened in 2005, offers entry to run-through training for high quality entrants to the Histopathology specialist training scheme of the North West Deanery.

The department is also approved by the Institute of Biomedical Science for the training of Biomedical Scientists.

(Last reviewed 30th May 2017)