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This user guide details information for the requesting of investigations, specimen requirements and communication of results for the department of Histopathology and Cytopathology (Cellular Pathology) at Wythenshawe Hospital; please see the separate user guide for Adult and Paediatric Histopathology services at Oxford Road site.

The Division of Laboratory Medicine (DLM) at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT) Wythenshawe Hospital provides diagnostic services to Wythenshawe and Withington Hospitals as well as General Practitioner surgeries in the South Manchester area and beyond.

The Histology and Cytology laboratory (jointly referred to as Cellular Pathology) at the Wythenshawe Site offers a diagnostic service for tissue and body fluid samples.  The department provides a service to the patients, clinicians and General Practitioners of the South Manchester and Tameside area including Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Organisation.  The department specialises in cardio-thoracic, breast, skin and gastrointestinal pathology.

We offer the following histopathology diagnostic services with consultant sub-specialist reporting:

  • 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
  • Diagnostic Non-gynaecological Cytopathology

Specialties are supported by our on-site Immunohistochemistry service.

The histology department at Manchester Royal Infirmary also incorporates the Haematological Cancer Diagnostics (HCD) in partnership with the Christie, which is a Specialist Integrated Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (SIHMDS) for the Greater Manchester area. This service is accredited by NHS England and its director is Dr John Burthem.

Autopsies are carried out by our 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.

Our department deals with approximately 40,000 surgical cases and around 200 autopsies on behalf of HM Coroner annually. Our department comprises over 60 medical, scientific and ancillary staff and has an excellent reputation for clinical and scientific training.. We also have IBMS training status and support local universities in the training of Biomedical Science students.


(Last updated April 2023)