Cellular Pathology

The Department of Cellular Pathology

The Cellular Pathology department provides a comprehensive Histopathology, Non Gynaecological Cytology and Morbid anatomy service to the population of Chester and surrounding areas as well as parts of North Wales.

The department is fully accredited by CPA (UK) Ltd and is also licensed by the HTA under the terms of the Human Tissue Act 2004 to carry out post-mortems and associated activities.

The department handles a range of histological material encompassing a wide spectrum of adult morbid anatomy and histopathology / cytopathology. Diagnoses are usually made on sections stained by routine techniques; however more complex specialist diagnostic histochemical and immunohistochemical techniques are also available. An on-demand frozen section service is available. All consultants are actively involved in multi-disciplinary team working, including managed clinical networks for various cancers.

Non-Gynaecological Cytology is the examination of a range of specimens, including sputum and other respiratory specimens, urine, body cavity fluids and fine-needle aspiration specimens. Our Consultant Histopathologists offer an ad hoc FNA service to other clinicians in the Trust. Synovial fluid examination for crystals is performed as part of the service to Orthopaedics and Rheumatology.

Cervical cytology samples are still collected by Trust transport from General Medical practices from Western Cheshire PCT and Trust colposcopy/gynaecology clinics. These samples are processed and screened at Arrowe Park Hospital.

A Consultant led post mortem service is provided for the clinicians of the Trust as well as to HM Coroner (for the jurisdictions of Cheshire, Flintshire and Wirral). The facilities are also used by forensic pathologists as and when required.

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