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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

April 6, 2021

SWLP says a sad farewell to virologist Dr David Carrington

The end of March marked the retirement of St George’s Hospital Virologist Dr David Carrington.

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April 6, 2021

Croydon Health Services CEO opens refurbished SWLP laboratories

On Friday 26 March, the South West London Pathology (SWLP) laboratories at Croydon University Hospital were delighted to welcome Trust Chief Executive Matthew Kershaw to open the newly refurbished laboratories.

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March 15, 2021

Blood Transfusion now live with new Laboratory Information Management System

Blood Transfusion at SWLP sites is now live with a new Laboratory Information Management System.

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March 2, 2021

Blood Transfusion service to go live with new Laboratory Information Management System

South West London Pathology (SWLP) is replacing its Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). The new LIMS system is Winpath Enterprise from industry-leader Clinisys.

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