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Reports will be available when all necessary tests have been completed, reviewed and authorised by a Consultant Pathologist. Verbal reports or clinical discussions can only be provided to qualified medical staff by Consultant Pathologists. All report enquiries should be directed to the secretarial office in the first instance. The scientific staff in the laboratory cannot give out any information regarding results/reports.

Histology Reports

Telephone: 0161 701 1615


Users are requested to check if final reports are available on HIVE before making enquiries. Please note that clerical staff will not give report details over the telephone.

Turnaround times

The department works to RCPath Key Performance Indicators (KPI). The target is to report 80% of diagnostic biopsy cases within 7 days, and 80% of all specimens within 10 days (except those requiring decalcification).

Reporting times for all specimens, including urgent and HSC205, 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 Christie via the Haematological Cancer Diagnostics Service. An appropriate frozen section request will aim to be reported by telephone within 60 minutes. Frozen sections should normally be booked with the laboratory beforehand.

To assist with meeting our turnaround time targets, all urgent and HSC205 specimens must be clearly labelled as such. There are a number of factors that may affect the turnaround time of a specimen, such as those mentioned in Factors Affecting Performance.


(Last reviewed March 2023)