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Histopathology

The histopathology laboratory deals with biopsies, excisions and resection specimens, as well as frozen sections.

We provide routine histopathological diagnoses using both standard techniques and advanced diagnostics including immunocyto-chemistry and polymerase chain reaction (PCR).

Skin cases form our largest histopathology specialty – the melanoma unit based at St George’s Hospital is a regional referral centre and is one of the busiest melanoma units in the UK.

The hub laboratory is a tertiary referral centre for urology and thoracic surgery and a regional centre for the NHS breast screening programme and the NHS bowel cancer screening programme.

We are part of the London Deanery Histopathology Training Scheme for trainee histocytopathologists.

Our specialist services include:

  • perinatal pathology
  • neuropathology
  • uropathology
  • respiratory pathology
  • histochemistry
  • immunocytochemistry
  • immunofluorescence
  • immunosuspension
  • One Step Nucleic Acid amplification (OSNA) for intraoperative analysis of sentinel lymph node in Breast 
  • frozen sections – rapid diagnosis of surgically
    removed specimens
  • MOHS service
  • molecular pathology tests:
    • EGFR
    • NRAS
    • BRAF
    • ALK
    • PDL1
    • DDISH.

Latest news

January 25, 2021

SWLP Point of Care Manager speaks at international conference

This week, SWLP Point of Care Manager Haval Ozgun spoke at a virtual international point of care (POCT) conference, which was live-streamed to 35 European countries and then shared globally.

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January 15, 2021

New research shows that previous Covid-19 infection offers up to 94% protection from reinfection

A study carried out by Microbiologists at St George’s Hospital, using test data from South West London Pathology (SWLP) laboratories, shows that patients with laboratory evidence of Covid-19 in the first wave of the pandemic were 94% protected against reinfection in the second wave.

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December 1, 2020

South West London Pathology launches new website

The new website offers a clear and simple navigation, a detailed test database with an easy-to-use search function and a consumables section which is linked to the test database, making it easy for users to find the type of container (test tubes, urine pots etc) that they need for specific tests.

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November 13, 2020

Pathology service update: processing of allergy samples

Due to staffing pressures at the Immunology laboratory at St George’s Hospital, it is anticipated that allergy blood tests will be processed with an extended turnaround time of up to three weeks. This is expected to last through November and December.

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