For general result and specimen enquiries, clinical advice and key contact details for the Histology service: Click Here
The Histology Department is open Mon-Fri (excluding bank holidays) 08:30 - 17:00. Click Here
Please indicate the urgency of the specimen on the request form and the date by which a report is required. Please confirm these arrangements by telephone.
Frozen sections are only carried out on the York site and in extreme emergencies. A Consultant Histopathologist can be contacted via the switchboard.
For specific information regarding the collection and transportation of Histology specimens: Click Here
As per the Royal College of Pathologists Publication – Key Performance Indicators in Pathology:
All Histology specimens:
90% expected within 10 calendar days from collection date. We are currently achieving approximately 55% within 10 calendar days.
Results are electronically available after authorisation by Pathologist.
Factors Affecting Turnaround Times
For formalin fixed specimens, the nature of Histology means it is difficult to accurately specify turnaround times for individual cases as these depend upon several variables. These include specimen type and size; the complexity of the case; and additional investigations/ further specialist tests that may be required.
Exceptions to Normal Turnaround Times
Unless the department is advised otherwise, all specimens are disposed of five weeks post-receipt.
Web page 51 last updated: 06th January 2020
The latest health information about Coronavirus can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.