The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust


Cellular Pathology

The Department comprises Histopathology, Cytology laboratories and Mortuaries within the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The services are provided to the Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust and the Clinical Commissioning groups for Leeds, Bradford and parts of North Yorkshire.

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The Cellular Pathology services are accredited by UKAS (Number 9862) the scope of the accreditation can be found on the following Accreditation schedule pdf document through the UKAS Website 

A number of Non-Accredited tests are available which are not under the scope of accreditation. The tests can be viewed by downloading the following document on Non-accredited tests.

All specimens must be labelled according to the pathology labelling standards. Specimens that are not fully labelled will not be reported. These standards are available on the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS website.

If the labelling of a request form or specimen does not meet minimum labelling standards, and it is not possible to provide a repeat specimen, the requesting clinician will be asked to sign a declaration form. This form details the labelling deficiencies and places responsibility upon the clinician for clinical decisions based upon the results.


  • Routine and urgent surgical histopathology
  • Immunohistochemistry (including Her2 testing)
  • Immunofluorescence Techniques
  • Specialist Histopathology: Muscle and nerve Histochemistry
  • Molecular Pathology, Detection of BRAF mutation at Codon 600 using in house prepared FFPE sections on the Idylla TM system. Download the pdf Specimen requirements for molecular testing for further information.


The cytology section of the department offers a non-gynaecological diagnostic service.

Semenology (Andrology)

The Histopathology Semenology Service is located at Seacroft Hospital. The department is manned by fully trained staff, whom work in accordance with WHO 2021 Examination and processing of human tissue (6th Edition) , the ABA 2012 Laboratory Andrology Guidelines for Good Practice and ISO 15189:2012 Medical Laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence.

Mortuary services

These comprise facilities for body storage, body release to funeral directors, body viewing and autopsy services (including autopsies for HM Coroner)

Body viewing is by appointment only. This may be arranged by the funeral director, by the coroners' officer or by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals bereavement service. 


The General Infirmary at Leeds (LGI):
Mortuary services only

St. James's University Hospital:
Routine and urgent surgical histopathology
Immunohistochemistry (including Her2 testing)
Immunofluorescence Techiques
Frozen sections
Mortuary services and autopsy histopathology
Gynae cytology.
Specialist Histopathology: Muscle Histochemistry

Seacroft Hospital:
Semenology Services

Turn around Times:

All surgical histopathology:  80% of specimens are reported within 14 days of receipt of the specimen.

Non gynae cytology: 90% of specimens are reported within 8 days of receipt of the specimen.

Semenology: 100% of specimens are reported within 14 working days from receipt of the specimen.