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Histopathology and Cytopathology


About this service

The Histopathology and Cytopathology Department, based at Warrington Hospital, provides a comprehensive diagnostic service, reporting Histopathology, and Non-Gynaecological Cytopathology samples and is based on the first floor of Appleton wing at Warrington Hospital.


Histopathology

Histopathology is the study of tissues and organs through the examination of the microscopical architecture of tissues and the relationship between the different types of cells and tissue types found within tissues and organs. Diseases such as inflammatory diseases, benign tumours, infections and cancer are diagnosed in Histopathology.


Gynaecological Cytopathology

The main role of Gynaecological Cytopathology is within the NHS National Cervical Screening Programme, detecting pre-malignant changes within the cells taken from the cervix on stained slides. The department uses the Liquid Based Cytology technique. This method results in fewer inadequate results and reporting times are quicker than for other methods.


Non Gynaecological Cytopathology

Non-Gynaecological Cytopathology investigations include the examination of body fluids from various sites of the body e.g. breast cyst, abdominal fluid etc for abnormal types and numbers of cells. It is much less invasive for the patient than Histopathology and is especially useful in the provision of the Breast Screening Programme.

Three Breast Screening clinics and one head and neck clinic a week are supported by Biomedical Scientists to assess the adequacy of specimens to aid subsequent diagnosis by the Consultant Histopathologists. This section of the department also examines semen samples for infertility or post vasectomy assessment.


Our facilities

Warrington Hospital

  • Staff attend two breast clinics and one head & neck clinic each week.

  • Requests are received from theatres, GPs, endoscopy, out-patients and wards

  • Frozen sections are undertaken here – usually pre-booked.


Halton General Hospital

  • Staff attend one breast clinic each week.

  • Requests are received from theatres, GPs, endoscopy, out-patients and wards

  • Pre-booked frozen sections are undertaken here.


Other Information & Downloads

The majority of work in the department is received via a requesting clinician I.E. there is no direct patient drop in. However infertility invesitagtions are booked by the patient themselves after referral by their GP or Hospital Consultant. The majority of reports would need to be interpreted by a doctor. Therefore there is no direct communication between the department and the patient.

The Consultant Histopathologists support all of the Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTs), by discussing their findings with non Pathology staff such as surgeons and radiologists. 


Main Contact Information

Pathology Department
Warrington
Cheshire
WA5 1QG

Telephone1:
01925 662542

Fax Number:
01925 662043


Opening Hours
MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

 


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