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Cellular Pathology


Cellular pathology is the examination of cells and tissue taken from the body during surgical procedures in theatres, outpatient clinics, GP clinics or at post-mortem examination.

The samples sent to Cellular Pathology are examined prior to processing and microscopically to help determine the diagnosis.

The Cellular Pathology department in Cardiff and Vale UHB provides both a histological and a non-cervical cytology diagnostic services.

Histopathology involves the examination of biopsies or tissue from surgical resections. Non-cervical cytology involves the examination of cells obtained from body fluids including urine, sputum or needle aspirates from masses.

The Department has full UKAS accreditation and aims to provide a quality and timely diagnostic and advisory service for patients in the Health Board and local community.

The Cellular Pathology Department also incorporates the Cardiff and Vale Mortuary Service. Those who have suffered a bereavement should contact the Bereavement Office for all matters pertaining to the certificate of death.  For all other enquiries mortuary services can be contacted directly.

Services Provided

  • Routine diagnostic histopathology

  • Special staining techniques

  • Immunohistochemistry

  • Neuropathology

  • Paediatric Pathology

  • Electron Microscopy

  • Frozen Sections (cryostat) - 24 hours notice is required if this service is required.

  • Non-cervical cytology

  • Mortuary services

The laboratory also undertakes research work on request.

Contact Information

Cellular Pathology Department
University Hospital of Wales
Heath Park
CF14 4XW

Main Contact Numbers

Lab Enquires: 029 2074 2714
Office Enquiries: 029 2074 2709
Non-cervical cytology enquiries: 029 2184 1897 / 1875
Electron Microscopy: 029 2074 2216
Mortuary: 029 2074 4269

Bereavement Office: 029 2074 2789
Research work enquiries: 029 2074 4277

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