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Typed 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. Authorised Reports are available within electronic paper records (ICE) additionally paper copies are sent to Clinicians.

Histology reports


NHS mail:

Fax: 0161 701 2249

Users are requested to check if final reports are available in hospital notes, clinics or wards before making enquiries. Please note that clerical staff will not give report details over the telephone, but on request, authorised reports can be faxed to dedicated hospital fax numbers and General Practitioners.

Turnaround times

  • Urgent frozen section: Report within 20 minutes of biopsy specimen arrival in the laboratory
  • Tumour specimens: Initial verbal report within 1 -10 days depending whether biopsy or resection
  • Renal transplant biopsies: Initial verbal demonstration and discussion with clinician within 24 hours
  • Rectal biopsies: Initial verbal report within 24hrs
  • Non-urgent/routine specimens: 70% of cases within 14 days, however, clinicians are encouraged to contact the pathologists to discuss complex cases. Specimens containing bone or teeth may take longer to report. RCPath Key Performance Indicators (KPI) target is to report 80% of all specimens within 10 days (except those requiring decalcification)

N.B. If the specimen arrives on a Friday the laboratory needs to be notified if an urgent report is required to ensure a member of staff is available at the weekend to process the biopsy.

Clinical advice

The pathologists and technical staff are available by phone, e-mail or in person in the laboratory to give clinical or technical advice such as sampling requirements for specific samples. In addition there are regular clinical meetings and an annual user survey where the users can inform the laboratory of any problems or seek advice.

Advice may be sought in the department during normal laboratory hours (08:30 – 17:30).

Clinicopathological meetings

Speciality Date/time Location
Oncology MDT Thursday 8.45 – 9:45h X-ray Seminar Room
GI Meeting Monday 11:00 – 12:00h Oncology Seminar Room
Leukaemia MDT Tuesday 14:00h – 15:00h Oncology Seminar Room
Muscle biopsy 3rd Tuesday of the month 16:00 – 17:00h Oncology Seminar Room/Teams
Renal 1st Wednesday of the month 14:00 – 14:30h MINT Seminar Room
Perinatal Mortality Review Tool Ad hoc meetings each month Teams
Fetal MDT 2nd Friday of month 14:00-15:00 NICU Seminar Room/Teams
Urology 4th Thursday every 2 months 14:30 – 15:30h Oncology Seminar Room
Mitochondrial Quarterly/half yearly Oncology Seminar Room/Teams
Surgical teaching session Quarterly, Monday 10-11am Oncology Seminar Room/Teams
Genetics Pathology/Radiology Bimonthly 3rd Thursday 14:00-15:00 Genetics, 6th Floor, Seminar Room 1/Teams
DSD Clinical Meeting Quarterly Harrington Building

(Last reviewed August 2021)