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Histology laboratory services

Services include

  • A consultant-led diagnostic service for the reporting of tissue samples.

  • Consultant histopathologists support at MDT meetings 

  • Limited frozen section service - clinical liaison required prior to booking

  • Supportive analytical services include a wide repertoire of Immunohistochemical markers and molecular assessment for lung cancer

  • The following assays have been recently UKAS approved

    • ALK
    • RDL-1
    • ROS-1
    • NKX3-1
    • EGFR
  • Referrals to reference centres for molecular diagnostics are also provided 

  • Access to diagnostic data for clinical audit purposes is also supported.

  • Access to diagnostic material for patients enrolled in approved research trials is also supported both locally and nationally

Histology contacts and location


Pathology, Floor 5
Royal Derby Hospital
Uttoxeter Road
DE22 8NE

Opening times

Monday 07.30am - 17.15pm
Tuesday 07.30am - 17.15pm
Wednesday 07.30am - 17.15pm
Thursday 07.30am - 17.15pm
Friday 07.30am - 17.15pm


Request forms

What to include If not included
A minimum of 3 patient identifiers
Rejected sample
You will need to attend the lab to identify samples or the sample will be returned.
Clinician and location for report
Report not available
Without the correct originating source we can't allocate a destination for the report.
Complete forms fully and accurately
Rejected sample or compromised diagnosis
Include as much patient information as possible.
Failure to provide information may lead to unhelpful or inaccurate diagnosis.
Complete forms legibly
Sample incorrectly registered
Illegible handwriting will not be interpreted.
May result in errors or delays to results.

Indicate the appropriate tests if applicable.

Use the correct carriers or sample bags.

Samples may not receive correct examination 

Sample may not reach the correct destination.
May result in errors or delays to results.


Turnaround times (TAT)

Turn around times for Histological diagnosis is based on the sample taken date to the end result being available electronically. We aim to meet the following locally agreed TAT’s:



TAT target

Breast Diagnostic Biopsy

90% in 7 days


90% in 15 days


85% In 15 days


80% in 15 days

Head and Neck

90% in 10 days

Respiratory Diagnostic Biopsy

90% in 7 days

Upper GI

85% in 15 days

Urology Diagnostic Biopsy

90% in 10 days

The department currently generates paper copies of all Histology reports.  This is known to take a further 3-4 days for reports to arrive with the requesting clinician/GP.

Samples that are required urgently must be clearly marked on the request form including date result needed by. 

Instructions for samples

Transportation of samples

The vast majority of samples requiring histological diagnosis will require immediate preservation in Formalin. Exceptions to this rule include mastectomies and wide local excisions (WLE) of the breast, from Derby Hospitals only. These samples should be taken directly to Histology for immediate handling. 

Samples requiring Formalin preservation must be placed in an appropriately sized spill proof container which is hazard labelled. The volume of fixative should be at least three times the volume of the specimen.

All sample containers must be clearly marked with at least three patient identifiers.

Small 'pre-filled' containers (yellow lids) and larger 'specimen buckets' are available to order from our pathology stores.

Telephone: 01332 785 581

Tissue samples that require analysis for gout should NOT be placed in Formalin fixative. They must be sent in alcohol to preserve crystal integrity.  

Telephone 01332 788 243 for further advice.

How to submit samples

Samples that have inadequate volumes of preservative or are left without any preservative (Formalin) deteriorate quickly and are more prone to autolysis and putrefaction which can affect diagnosis.

Samples that have been placed in formalin should be stored at room temperature prior to transport. Refrigeration of samples can detrimentally affect the speed of preservation. Exposure of samples to excessive heat is also known to effect diagnosis.

Relevant clinical information is vital for diagnosis and must be included on the relevant section of the request form. Failure to provide clinical information will result in a delay.

Request for additional examinations

The majority of additional test examinations are carried out by the consultant histopathologists as part of the diagnostic process. 

Request for additional molecular tests can be made either to the appropriate MDT,  directly to the relevant histopathologists, or the cellular pathology manager.

Referral to other laboratories

MMR-Sequencing Testing

Department of Cellular Pathology - QEHB
Mindelsohn Way
West Midlands
B15 2WB

If clinically indicated

KRAS/NRAS analysis
EGFR analysis

Source BioScience
Reference Laboratory
1 Orchard Place
Nottingham Business Park

If clinically indicated
Oncotype DX analysis

Genomic Health Inc.
301 Penobscot Drive
Redwood City
CA 94063

Specialist clinical requesting
Bone Marrow trephines

Histopathology Department
Nottingham University Hospitals
Clifton Campus
Hucknall Road

Specialist clinical requesting