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Laboratory Medicine

Non-Gynae Cytology & Andrology


Andrology (Semen Analysis)

From Monday 27th July the Andrology Laboratory Service for semen analysis re-opened for pre-booked drop-offs only. The on-site facility for sample production is temporarily unavailable, but will be open in due course.

Please note; due to the current climate there are a number of changes in place for your safety and to minimise the risk of coronavirus transmission. There are changes to the rejection criteria for samples, and changes to how you attend for your appointment. These changes are fully detailed on the new website reached via the link below.

Samples can only be accepted for processing if they have been pre-booked via the new website.  Any first post-vasectomy samples wishing to be dropped at Scarborough Hospital Specimen Reception for the transport to York must also now be pre-booked.

For comprehensive information regarding the service changes, all booking information and the booking system; please use the following link

We are sorry for any inconvenience at this time. Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.

If you have any questions/problems please call us on 01904 726258.

Non-Gynae Cytology

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

Samples classified as High Risk

Please ensure all specimens for Non-Gynae Cytology are NOT sent in the pod system.

Any High Risk specimen which will require preparing within the Containment Level 3 facility must not have the request form sealed within the bag. Please also ensure that the correct Cytology form is utilised for any Non-Gynae requests.

Turnaround Times for Non-Gynae Cytology 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.

Web page 50 last updated: 3rd Aug 2020


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