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Ophthalmic Pathology forms part of the Adult Histopathology department and provides a diagnostic service in Ophthalmic Histopathology and Cytopathology. It is one of four laboratories within England that make up the National Specialist Ophthalmic Pathology Service (NSOPS).

NSOPS laboratories are designated Highly Specialised Services and are centrally funded by NHS England. This means that NHS cases submitted to NSOPS laboratories for examination are seen without charge to the referring clinician for patients in England.

The laboratory aims to provide a high quality and efficient service with provision of expertise in diagnosis using a range of techniques including histology, cytology, immunofluorescence, immunohistochemistry, and electron microscopy as appropriate.

The NSOPS team consists of two Consultant Histopathologists (one full-time and one part-time), a Lead Biomedical Scientist in Ophthalmic Pathology and a PA.

This user guide has been developed to meet the needs and requirements of our users, and also includes useful information, guidance and advice to enable you to make the most  efficient use of our service.


(Last reviewed March 2023)