Cellular Pathology (Histology and Cytology)

Cellular pathology is the study of disease in organs, tissues and cells. Scientists in this department examine tissue samples taken from patients during surgical operations. They also study samples from post-mortem examinations (the investigations done after a patient has died).

Northern services

Diagnostic Cytopathology is the diagnosis of disease at the cellular level from cells taken from any location except the cervix. It involves the collection, preservation, staining and microscopic examination of cells that have been extracted from the body, mostly in fluid form.

A variety of human diseases can be diagnosed in this way including infections, crystal deposition diseases and benign tumours but the primary aim of the procedure is the diagnosis of cancer and pre-cancer without the need for surgery.

Cell Pathology Secretaries: 01271 349197
Laboratory Enquiries: 012711-322340

Histopathology Secretaries: 01271 349197
Laboratory Enquiries: 012711 322340

 

ndht.histopathology@nhs.net 

Eastern services

The Cellular Pathology laboratory service at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital supports the Trust’s Cancer Centre status for most tumour sites. Most major aspects of pathology are undertaken with the exception of Neuropathology, Bone Tumour Pathology and Paediatric Pathology.

To find out more, visit Exeter Clinical Laboratory website.

Information for healthcare professionals

Northern services

Clinical Advice from a Pathology Consultant can be obtained by contacting the relevant department during core working hours. Advice may be obtained outside of normal hours by contacting the switchboard - dial 0 from inside the hospital or 01271 322577 - and ask for the consultant you require.

 

Eastern services

To find out more, visit Exeter Clinical Laboratory website.

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Last updated: November 15, 2022