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 is UKAS accredited to ISO 15189:2012, Medical Laboratories - Requirements for quality and competence and aims to provide a quality and timely diagnostic and advisory service for patients in the Health Board and local community.
To access our Schedule of Accreditation, please click here
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.
There are a number of job roles within Cellular Pathology and Mortuary Services, more information on these can be found here.
Routine diagnostic histopathology
Special staining techniques
Frozen Sections (cryostat) - 24 hours notice is required if this service is required.
The laboratory also undertakes research work on request.
Cellular Pathology Department
University Hospital of Wales
General enquiries: Enquiries.CellularPathology@wales.nhs.uk
Mortuary: 029 2184 4269
Bereavement Office: 029 2184 2789
Research work enquiries: 029 2184 4277