Adult Histopathology – turnaround times

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The department is currently working towards recently published RCPath Key Performance Indicators (KPI). We therefore aim to report at least 80% of diagnostic biopsies (apart from those requiring decalcification) within 7 calendar days (from the date taken) and at least 90% of all other specimens (apart from those requiring decalcification) within 10 calendar days (from the date taken).

Reporting times for all specimens urgent, HSC205, or routine may be extended if they are high risk specimens, large resection specimens or calcified or bony samples.

Any case requiring specialist techniques such as immunohistochemistry or electron microscopy will also likely have extended reporting times.

Some cases may require referral to a specialist referral centre, which can prolong reporting times. This would include samples such as lymphomas, which are routinely referred to the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service at Bexley Wing at St James’ Hospital, Leeds.

However, a preliminary report would be issued beforehand.

An appropriate frozen section request will aim to be reported by telephone within 30 minutes. Frozen sections should normally be booked with the laboratory beforehand (also see specimen handling section for frozen sections).


Histology Reports: Tel: 0161 701 1615, Fax: 0161 276 6348

Specimen Reception: (Inc. Frozen section requests) Tel: 0161 276 8808, Fax: 0161 276 8808


(Last reviewed 30th May 2017)