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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cellular Pathology

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Fine needle aspirates (thyroid, salivary glands, lymph nodes, breast)

Specimen / container requirements

Take two aspirates from all lesions, where safe.

Label microscope slides in pencil with:

    • patient's full name
    • DOB
    • hospital number.

Spread material onto pre-labelled slides.

Allow slides to air dry.

Place in plastic slide transport box and send to the laboratory.