Department of Cellular Pathology

The Department of Cellular Pathology comprises of Histopathology and Cytopathology on the Birmingham Heartlands site, the mortuaries are located at Birmingham Heartlands Hospital (BHH), Good Hope Hospital (GHH), and Solihull Hospital (SH) sites and the Andrology Department is located at the GHH site. The  Department is located in the Pathology building of the BHH site. Solihull Mortuary is part of the main hospital building on the Solihull site and Good Hope mortuary is part of the main hospital building on the Good Hope site..

Due to consultant capacity there may be delays in reporting non-urgent requests. Please notify the department of any requirements regarding prioritisation.

Cellular Pathology 8.30 - 17.00 Mon - Fri

HEARTLANDS ;

Mortuary

08:30 - 16:30 (BHH, GHH and SH)

Excluding statutory Bank Holidays

Saturdays - Histology Only

09:00 - 12:30 

Restricted service only

Outside of routine working hours a pathologist can be contacted in case of an emergancy via the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital switchboard.

Following a new integrated management structure across UHB Pathology the Cellular Pathology Department across all UHB sites has a cross site Clinical Service Lead and Head Biomedical Scientist.  The separate laboratories work closely across other University Hospitals Birmingham based pathology laboratories to meet service needs but thes labs are separately accredited by UKAS to ISO15189.  Specialist testing, cross site data entry/reporting and contingency arrangements for sites and equipment. This includes increasing cross site working with QE Hospital based Cellular Pathology and Molecular Departments together with the nearby Musculoskeletal Pathology Laboratory.   Furthermore, many clinical areas have relocated across UHB and external hospital sites as urgent covid pandemic related changes during the summer of 2020.  Thoracic surgery in particular now takes place at the QE Hospital site but other cross site changes include UHB dermatology, GI and breast clinical activity.  The Department is supporting such major clinical changes by coordinating  Cellular Pathology work across the sites.    The Department have managed these changes collaboratively with clinical staff and through improved dedicated intersite transport and cross site access to clinical/laboratory systems.

The Department welcomes feedback both good or bad from the users of the service.  Feedback can either be addressed to the consultant concerned or the head of department.  Any complaints will be investigated.

ROCHE field safety notice: TD FSN SBN-RTD-2017-001. HoEFT Cellular Pathology response

Following the issue of a field safety notice by Roche we have reviewed our practice and feel that no additional action is required.

It is standard practice at Heartlands Hospital for ALL immunohistochemistry (IHC) run on the Ventana Bencmark XT and Ultra to include an on-slide control. This forms part of the quality control and confirms the appropriate level and distribution of staining for each antibody on a slide by slide basis. The on slide control is reviewed as part of the QC process prior to being checked out to the Pathologist for reporting. If the staining of the control is sub-optimal or fails the case is referred back for repeat IHC.

In view of the stringency of our internal QC processes and the use of on slide controls there should be no problems with the cases we have tested during the period covered by the field safety notice. The use of on slide controls meets the requirements set out by Roche in the field safety notice and is in compliance with our SOPs. We are however happy to review any of the cases reported during this time period if there are any concerns.

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Queen Elizabeth Site Consultant Pathologists and Managers

 

 

Managerial Staff

Position / Roles

Telephone Number

Martin Collard

Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology

01213713343

Daniel Kearns

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology

01213713352

Brendan O’Sullivan

Operational Manager Molecular Pathology

01213713351

Matthew Smith (Dr)

Principal Clinical Scientist Molecular Pathology

01213713312

Rebecca Taylor

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular Pathology

01213713336

Gavin Rock

Deputy Head Biomedical Scientist – Cellular  Pathology

0121 424 0189

Liz Curtis (Dr)

Operational Manager Electron Microscopy and Clinical Scientist

01213715720

Val Manning

Administration and Clerical Services Manager

01213713330

Medical Staff

Position / Roles

Telephone Number

Dr Shalini Chaudhri

Consultant Histopathologist, Clinical Service Lead and HTA Designated Individual (Tissue Services)

01213713347

Dr Philippe Taniere

Consultant Histopathologist and Clinical Service lead for  Molecular Pathology

01213713350

Dr Zainab Abdawn

Consultant Histopathologist

01213712080

Dr Rasoul Amel-Kashipaz

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713355

Dr Rachna Awasthi

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713389

Dr Timothy Bates

Consultant Oral & Maxillofacial Histopathologist

01213715723

Dr Rachel Brown

Consultant Histopathologist and HTA Designated Individual

01213713339

Dr Owen Cain

Consultant Histopathologist     

01213713357

Dr Diaz-Cano Salvador

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713480

Dr Mona Elshafie

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713358

Dr Rahul Hejmadi

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713341

Prof Stefan Hubscher

Consultant Histopathologist and Prof of Hepatic Pathology

01213713345

Dr Y L Hock

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713304

Dr Santhosh Nagaraju

Consultant Neuropathologist

01213713302

Prof  Desley Neil

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713349

Dr Ute Pohl

Consultant Neuropathologist   

01213713346

Prof Abeer Shaaban

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713356

Dr Kassiani Skordilis

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713354

Dr Bindu Vydianath

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713342

Dr Adrian Warfield

Consultant Histopathologist

             0123713348

Dr V P Sumathi

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713330

Prof S Fisher

Consultant Histopathologist

01213713330

 

 

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Cytopathology

The Cytopathology services for the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospitals) are based at the Birmingham Heartlands Hospital site and can be located within the Cellular Pathology department on the first floor of the Laboratory Medicine directorate building..

Cytopathology/cytology is the study of cells. Cells obtained from body organs and fluid secretions are stained and examined microscopically for pathological change.

 The non-gynaecological (Systemic) diagnostic service involves theprocessing and analysis of non-gynaecological samples from GPs and hospital clinicians.  It serves as a valuable diagnostic tool to assist in the diagnosis or confirmation of a variety of pathologies, or determine the course of treatment required, and may facilitate the monitoring of disease progression.

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The laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital form part of the services provided by University Hospitals Birmingham and are UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accredited to the ISO 15189:2012 standard. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the UKAS website using the following link: https://www.ukas.com/find-an-organisation/

  • Heartlands, Good Hope and Solihull Hospital pathology laboratories are a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8217
  • United Kingdom Health Security Agency laboratory is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory No.8213

Tests not appearing on the UKAS Schedule of Accreditation currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further test information, please visit the test database: http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

UKAS HEFT