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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cellular Pathology

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Turnaround times

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

Diagnostic cytology

80 percent in ten days

Routine histology

  • Biopsies - 80 percent in seven days
  • All specimens - 80 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