Cellular and Anatomical Pathology

The Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Department is located on level 4 Derriford Hospital and incorporates Histopathology, Cytopathology, Neuropathology, and Anatomical Pathology.

The Department receives approximately 34,000 surgical biopsies, 2,000 non-cervical samples, and undertakes  1,100 postmortem examinations each year. Contact details for staff are listed previously.

The laboratory performs a range of tests on tissue samples in order to determine the nature of a patient’s disease. Techniques employed may include the application of special stains, immunocytochemistry, electron microscopy and molecular techniques such as in situ hybridization. A major part of the work involves the diagnosis of cancer and pre-cancerous conditions that enables doctors to give the best type of treatment to their patients. The majority of straight forward biopsies and resections (i.e. those not requiring additional tests) are reported within 14 working days, and fluid samples, within 5 working days. Electronic access to the laboratory database for results is available via ICM, iLab and the GP order communication system, Sunquest ICE.

As a department we endeavour to provide you with the best possible service at all times. However if you do have cause to make a complaint about the service you have received we will do all we can to help.

Please contact:

  • Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Operations Manager – Mike Biscombe (01752) 763534, Internal 53534 mike.biscombe@nhs.net
  • Histopathology Services Manager – Steve Blunden (01752) 792364, Internal 52364 steve.blunden@nhs.net


Cellular and Anatomical Pathology

Contact details for advice

Monday – Friday 08.30 – 17.30

Normal service

Main reception 52355 (792355) *

Monday – Friday 17.30 – 08.30

On call service

On call Biomedical Scientist via Derriford Switchboard

Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays

On call service

On call Biomedical Scientist via Derriford Switchboard

Individual departments within Cellular and Anatomical Pathology


















Review Status

Reviewed March 2019 
This page will be updated June 2019

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