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Cellular Pathology

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Turnaround times

Guidelines are in calendar days from the sample received date, however, bank holidays and particularly busy periods may result in slight delays.

Diagnostic cytology

80 percent in ten days

Routine histology

  • Priority cases - 80 percent in seven days
  • All specimens - 70 percent in ten days


  • Large/complex bone tissue bone tumours / amputation specimens: 10-15 days
  • Native renal biopsy requiring EM (provided by University Hospital Southampton)
  • Cases requiring molecular testing
Last reviewed:20 May 2024