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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cellular Pathology

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Cervical screening test

Specimen / container requirements

  • Labelled ThinPrep LBC vial

Please note:

  • Sample vials past the expiry date will be discarded and a repeat requested (NHS Cervical Screening Programme requirement).
  • Do not 'top up' any spilt sample from another vial. Send 'as is' to the laboratory (this is to avoid exceeding maximum fluid levels).
  • Refer patients with irregular bleeding [PCB, IMB or PMB] or clinical symptoms to a gynaecologist [not further colposcopy] for further investigation.
  • Cervical cytology samples taken prior to the woman's next routine test date maybe discarded - NHSCSP guidance is being updated on this issue.
  • Additional samples can only be processed if paid for as a private patient.