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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.

Cervical screening

  • 98 percent in ten days from test date to report date

Diagnostic cytology

  • 80 percent in ten days

Electron microscopy

We aim to have all EM results reported within seven days, obviously more complex cases can take longer

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
  • Cases requiring molecular testing