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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:

For general result and specimen enquiries, clinical advice and key contact details for the cytology service: 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 
Gynaecological Cytology

Urgent: 7 days from receipt

Routine: 14 days from receipt

Non-gynaecological Cytology70% are reported within 3 days from receipt
Surgical Histology Specimens3 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


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