The Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Department is located on level 4 Derriford Hospital and includes Histopathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology, and Anatomical Pathology.
The Department receives approximately 38,000 surgical biopsies, 2,000 non-cervical cytology samples, and undertakes 1,100 postmortem examinations each year.
The laboratory performs a range of tests on tissue samples in order to determine the nature of a patient’s disease. Techniques employed may include the application of special stains, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular techniques such as in situ hybridization. A major part of the work involves the diagnosis of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions that enables doctors to give the best type of treatment to their patients. The majority of straight forward biopsies and resections (i.e. those not requiring additional tests) are reported within 14 working days, and fluid samples, within 5 working days. Electronic access to the laboratory database for results is available via ICM, iLab and the GP order communication system, Sunquest ICE.
As a department we endeavour to provide you with the best possible service at all times. However if you do have cause to make a complaint about the service you have received we will do all we can to help.