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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Cellular Pathology

Coronavirus / COVID-19

If you have a new continuous cough and/or high temperaturedo not come to our hospitals.

Follow the national advice and stay at home for seven days. For most people, coronavirus (COVID-19) will be a mild infection, but for some of our patients it is a higher risk. Please help us to help you.

Important information about non-urgent inpatient operations and outpatient appointments.

From Monday 23 March we will not allow any visitors to our hospitals – with a few exceptions.

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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