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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

May 18, 2022

Issue with reports not being sent to GPs from South West London Pathology

We have become aware that no reports have been emailed out to some GPs since this morning. This is due to a lost connection with APEX and is affecting GPs in Kingston, Croydon, Richmond, Merton and Wimbledon.

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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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May 4, 2022

SWLP Point of Care Testing Team runs first community diagnostic outreach clinic

South West London CCG ran their first diagnostic outreach clinic in the community supported by our Point of Care Testing (POCT) team testing at-risk groups for diabetes. The clinic was run at a Shree Ghanapathy Temple in Wandsworth where 34 members of the community were tested. Of that 34, 32 had abnormal results and two […]

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April 5, 2022

Reducing blood product wastage at Croydon Hospital

The team in Blood Transfusion at Croydon Hospital have been working hard to reduce wastage of blood products. They have been doing this by reassessing the holding stock levels, rotation of stock and usage of short-dated units. Procedural changes were put in place in December 2020 and there has already been a significant reduction in […]

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