Welcome to Histopathology

Pathology Plate Organising System Our pathology department has excellence at its core in service provision across the range of sub specialisms – cellular pathology, microbiology and molecular biology, immunology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion.

With more than 300 staff, and led by a high performing team of specialist consultants, clinical scientists, and managers, our philosophy is to achieve excellence through innovation, in all of our services which include cellular pathology, microbiology and molecular biology, immunology, clinical biochemistry, haematology and blood transfusion.

We host the regional and reference laboratories for immunology and virology, providing a wide range of UKAS accredited tests. We also have a large cellular pathology department serving the regional cancer centre which is based at Royal Preston Hospital.

We have always been early adopters of new technology including molecular technology, and we are a local delivery partner for the 100,000 genome project in Lancashire and South Cumbria. We have also invested in electron microscopy to support our regional renal service, and have plans to expand further.

Our histopathology service

We deliver a large and complex histopathology service with a wide repertoire of procedures provided for a broad range of clients. We provide diagnostic histopathology, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy, neuropathology and nongynae cytology services. Additionally, we provide specialist tertiary cellular pathology services for renal, plastics and neurosciences, gynaeoncology, head and neck, as well as network coverage of herceptin testing for neighbouring NHS trusts.

Our histopathology lab is fully accredited by UKAS/ISO15189 and also participates in the N.E.Q.A.S. schemes for cellular pathology, neuropathology, muscles, cytopathology, renal pathology and immunocytochemistry.

Our equipment includes Leica Peloris x 3, Leica Autostainer/Coverslipper x 2, Ventana Special Stainer, Ventana Benchmark, Leica Bonds x 3, Joel Electron Microscope. We have also recently acquired a new electron microscope.

Test tubes in lab

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