Department of Cellular Pathology

The department of Cellular Pathology comprises of the Departments 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 departments are 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



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.

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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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 Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so 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 information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

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