Cellular Pathology

Cellular Pathology is the science of cells, tissues and organs to detect abnormalities.  The department is split into four specialist areas:

A comprehensive general Cellular Pathology service is provided for a wide range of samples from hospital and primary care sources. The time taken for a result to be available varies depending upon the type, size and complexity of the specimen. Any case in which the Pathologist considers the findings to be unexpected or of clinical urgency these will be telephoned to the clinician immediately.


This handbook is aimed at clinical practitioners who request Cellular Pathology examinations and need information relating to:-


The department provides a Consultant led, comprehensive diagnostic surgical Cellular Pathology service, covering all specialities, with the exception of Muscle and Neuropathology. A broad range of Immunohistochemical investigations are provided on site and a frozen section service is available for Gynae oncology , renal and skin biopsies.

1.2 Samples referred to other hospitals

Renal Transplant biopsies / Liver Biopsies (non-cancer):


Address Contact details Address Contact details
Department of Cellular Pathology

Level 3, New Victoria Wing

Royal Victoria Infirmary

Queen Victoria Road

Newcastle upon Tyne



Dr Katrina Wood   – 0191 2829449

0191 2825929


Pathology Reception – 0191 2824565


The Liver Team – 0191 2824565



This laboratory is UKAS accredited

The lab checks the accreditation status of this lab annually.


 Please use the links below to access the guidance you require:

3  Opening Hours

4. Contact Details

5  Urgent Requests

6  Sample Acceptance and Rejection Criteria

7  Instructions for the Completion of the Request Form

8  Instructions for the Transportation of Specimens

9 Specimen Collection and Preparation

9.1  Endoscopic biopsies

9.2  Renal Biopsies for primary or metastatic disease

9.3  Products of Conception Foetal Loss

9.4  Products of Conception for Cytogenetic Studies

9.5  Non Gynaecological Cytology

9.6  Cervical Cytology

       9.7 Andrology

10 Specimen requirements for fresh tissue

10.1  Frozen Sections

10.2  Fresh Specimens

11  Instructions for Preparation of the Patient

12  List of factors known to affect the performance of the examination and interpretation of Results

13  Availability of Clinical Advice on Ordering and Interpretation of examination Results

14  Protection of Personal Information Policy

15  Complaints Procedure

16  Turnaround Times and Reporting

16.1  Turnaround times

16.2  Second Opinions

16.3  Reporting of Results

17  Quality Assurance