Histopathology is a UKAS accredited medical laboratory (No.9323), accredited to ISO15189:2012 for the tests listed in the schedule of accreditation available on the UKAS website (http://www.ukas.com/browse-accredited-organisations/?org_type=7).
Histopathology provides a comprehensive tissue diagnostic service to Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, the Evelina Children's hospital and local general practitioners. It serves the regional cancer centre and is also a national and international referral centre for expert opinion. The specialist diagnostic and scientific teams aim to deliver the best possible service with access to cutting edge diagnostic techniques through close links with cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics departments. Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDM) are held across both sites enabling close integration of clinical teams and specialist pathologists. the department processes approximately 24,000 per year generating 300,000 slides for analysis. In addition to processing fixed tissue the department offers a frozen section service at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals, incorporating the receipt of fresh tissue for enzyme histochemistry, research, clinical trials and tissue banking. Within the department is a fully automated immunochemistry laboratory which is a referral centre for HER-2 testing. The laboratory also employs in situ hybridisation and direct immunofluorescence techniques. The dedicated Renal Histopathology service offers attendance at wards for assistance with biopsy collection and also an on call Saturday service.
The department is also committed to training and development needs of medical, scientific and support staff.
Areas of expertise
Adult and Perinatal/Paediatric autopsy
General, soft tissue and osteo-articular pathology
Infectious/ tropical diseases
Renal (Adult and Paediatric including Transplantation)
Specialist and Routine services
Routine Histology, Special stains, frozen sections, Renal histopathology, Immunohistochemistry