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Laboratory Medicine

Non-Gynae Cytology & Andrology


Unfortunately the Andrology Laboratory has suspended testing of semen samples for fertility analysis and post-vasectomy analysis.

This service will be suspended until further notice in order to comply with government and the NHS trust guidance relating to the coronavirus situation. Please check again here for further information when restrictions start to be lifted.

If you have any questions please contact 01904 726258.

Thank you for your understanding.

Contacts for the Non-Gynae Cytology Service:

For general result and specimen enquiries, clinical advice and key contact details for the Non-Gynae Cytology service: Click Here

Advice for requesters for NHSCSP Cervical Cytology samples: Click Here

Turn Round Times for Reports

The following times given are the minimum time taken to process and produce a typed report. Inquiries regarding reports should not be made in advance of the minimum time. If an urgent report is required, this should be clearly indicated on the request form and a telephone or bleep number should be given.

Sample  Minimum Turnaround Time 
Non-gynaecological Cytology

80% of samples are reported within 7 days of collection and 90% within 10 days.

In accordance with RCPath Guidelines

Surgical Histology Specimens 3 days from receipt
Fine Needle Aspirates:  rapid verbal reporting 30 mins from receipt after agreement with the reporting pathologist.

Samples referred to other laboratories

Non-gynaecological cytology samples with clinical information suggestive of haematological malignancy may require further investigations which are unavailable at York Hospital. These will be forwarded where appropriate to the Haematological Malignancy Diagnostic Service (HMDS) at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Please note HMDS investigations on fresh specimens should be performed within 24 hours if flow cytometry or RNA extraction is required.  

If the clinician would like to send the sample to HMDS via Laboratory Medicine, there are 2 transport runs to Leeds from York Hospital each day at 13:30 and 16:00. Please ring York Cytology ext 6258 to inform the lab that a sample for HMDS is being taken and where possible aim to deliver the sample to the lab at least 30 minutes before the transport time. This will enable the sample to be appropriately labelled, packaged and tracked.

For samples taken at Scarborough Hospital, please ring the Scarborough lab on 771 2625. The transport to Leeds from Scarborough is at 15:00.

The final report will be sent to the requesting clinician and a copy sent to our requesting pathologist. The turnaround times from HMDS are routinely 2.7 days for CSF samples and 3.6 days for effusions.

If the clinician only requires HMDS investigations and a report via Laboratory Medicine is not required, the sample should be packaged up with a completed HMDS request form (see link) to be sent direct to HMDS using a taxi.

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.

Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time

Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.

Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.

Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.