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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 15, 2021

A day in the life… Diana Mohanaraja

Find out more about a day in the life of Biomedical Support Worker and soon to be Biomedical Scientist Diana Mohanaraja.

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June 2, 2021

A new study shows that previous Covid-19 infection protects against reinfection even without antibodies

A new study carried out using existing laboratory test data shows that people who had a positive PCR test for Covid-19 but a negative serology test, meaning that they did not produce detectable antibodies, still had a significant amount of protection from reinfection.

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May 10, 2021

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals and South West London Pathology announce new pathology partnership

Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and South West London Pathology are announcing the formation of a new pathology partnership for south west London and beyond.

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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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