Cytology provides a high quality diagnostic service in both gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology, (including the Breast Cytology Screening Unit at York), within York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and acts as a regional cytology service as part of the NHS Cervical Screening Programme, (NHSCSP). The North Yorkshire Cervical Cytology Screening Service (NYCSS) provides a diagnostic gynaecological screening service including HPV testing to the whole of North Yorkshire, (excepting Craven district), Hull and the East Riding.
Contacts for the Cytology Service:
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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|
Urgent: 7 days from receipt
Routine: 14 days from receipt
|Non-gynaecological Cytology||70% are reported within 3 days from receipt|
|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
Any non-gynaecological samples with appropriate clinical information may require haematological investigations which are not available at York Hospital.
These specimens will be received fresh into the York cytology laboratory and are transported to HMDS Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust without undue delay (i.e. the same day). If a sample only requires investigations to be undertaken at HMDS they should be sent to the Haematology laboratory who will forward the specimen.
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 1.6 days for CSF samples and 3.2 days for tissue aspirates and effusions.
Web page last updated: 7th February 2017