Out of Hours On-Call Service

Cellular and Anatomical Pathology Out of hours On – call service.

The Department offers a limited out of hours service to facilitate the forward progression of samples if the results are likely to influence patient management.

This service is initiated through contacting the on-call Biomedical Scientist via switchboard, with exceptions (see below) which require the prior agreement of a consultant Histopathologist / Neuropathologist.

Frozen sections – must have been previously arranged and agreed with a Consultant Histopathologist in the first instance.

Receipt and processing of very urgent specimens - these must be those specimens that an urgent result is needed for immediate treatment of the patient. This service is dependent on the availability of a suitable processing machine.

Cutting and staining of urgent biopsies with the prior agreement with the reporting pathologist.

Telephone advice to medical and nursing staff as to specimen handling.

Preparation of urgent non cervical cytology specimens – Monday to Friday CSF specimens may be stored in the fridge overnight and delivered to the laboratory the next day. Saturday and Sunday call the on-call BMs via switchboard for advice.


Issue of completed histology and cytology reports necessary for immediate patient care.  Authorised reports are available in iCM, however, if access is unavailable, reports may be issued. Results will not be read out but will be issued via email to an nhs.net account.

Review Status

Reviewed March 2019 
This page will be updated June 2019

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