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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

July 1, 2022

Refurbished Immunology and ED laboratories at St George’s Hospital get official opening

This week, the newly refurbished Immunology and Emergency Department (ED) laboratories at St George’s Hospital were officially opened by Trust Managing Director Kate Slemeck and Chief Operating Officer Anne Brierley. A ribbon cutting was held at each laboratory and Kate and Anne were given a tour around the refurbished spaces by laboratory staff. The Immunology […]

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June 24, 2022

HIV service at Croydon Hospital wins ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS awards

This week, it was announced that work to improve HIV outcomes at Croydon Hospital was awarded ‘Top Global Winner’ at the UNIVANTS 2021 awards. The work focused on the introduction of ‘opt-out’ HIV testing in the Emergency Department at Croydon Hospital, with a sustained rate of 97% over 18 months, setting an international gold standard. […]

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June 20, 2022

Immunology services across south west London to be centralised at the Immunology Laboratory at St George’s Hospital

All Immunology services and tests are moving to the South West London Pathology (SWLP) Immunology Laboratory and Protein Reference Unit at St George’s Hospital, which will become the hub for immunology across south west London. Already one of the largest immunology services in the country, the team will be expanded further when immunology services and […]

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May 16, 2022

Point of Care Testing (POCT) at St George’s gets first UKAS accreditation

Last month, the SWLP POCT team received the exciting news that after two years of hard work, the blood gas and glucose meter service at St George’s was given full UKAS accreditation. It is the largest and most complex POCT service in the country to receive full accreditation, which proved challenging for both the POCT […]

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