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Pathology & Mortuary Services

Welcome to the home page for The NHSGGC Pathology Department. This Department provides a comprehensive diagnostic Histopathology, Cytopathology and Mortuary service for adults and children in the Greater Glasgow and Clyde area, including the laboratory part of the cervical screening programme for NHSGGC, Grampian, Tayside, Orkney, Shetland, Ayrshire and Arran. In addition the department supports a number of specialist services, wider managed clinical networks, regional and supra regional services examples of which include Gynaecological, Ophthalmic, Osteoarticular services, West of Scotland Heart and Lung Centre, Neuropathology and Paediatric Pathology. Mortuary services are additionally provided for the Crown Office Procurator Fiscal (COPFS) and Police Scotland.

Please use the links below to access specific information for each of our laboratory areas:

COVID-19

The laboratory is trying to deliver as many diagnostic services as it can during this difficult time. All aspects of the service offered by the department during the pandemic have been thoroughly: risk assessed, monitored and their effectiveness re-evaluated.

Any changes to the diagnostic/clinical services provided by the department can be found here:

COVID-19 Current Changes To Service

Frozen Sections or Fresh Unfixed Tissue

As per national guidance, the department will routinely process requests for frozen section analysis unless the clinician or request form indicate the patient potentially being COVID positive.

Immunofluorescence, Nerve and Muscle Biopsies

Fresh samples are being processed routinely for immunofluorescence, nerve and muscle biopsies. However, if the patient is known to be COVID Positive, please can this be indicated clearly on the form so the laboratory will know to take the appropriate precaution when processing these samples.

Fresh Paediatric Specimens

All cases must be booked in advance (ideally the day before) by telephoning 0141 354 9478 and discussing the case and your requirements with the duty paediatric pathologist.

Andrology

The andrology service is currently operational with appointments available to bring a sample to the department or produce a sample on site (however, this is at a reduced capacity).

Electron Microscopy – Primary Cilial Dyskenesia Service

The clinic has resumed, to normal capacity and these samples are being processed routinely.

The laboratory has been inspected by the Health & Safety Team to confirm we are providing a service in-line with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of COVID-19.

About Us

The NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGG&C) Pathology Department is located at the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital (QEUH) on the 3rd floor of the Laboratory Medicine and Facilities Management Building.

Laboratory Opening Hours

The Pathology Department is open:

Monday – Friday:                                       9:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday and Public Holidays:                     8:00am – 12:00pm

The Pathology Department specimen reception is also open Monday-Friday 5:00pm – 7:00pm for the receipt and handling of specimens delivered by “late vans” and couriers.

Pathology Contact Details

Pathology Department NHS GG&C

Laboratory Medicine and Facilities Management Building (Level 3)

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

1345 Govan Road

Glasgow

G51 4TR

Scotland

UK

For General Enquiries:

Tel:  0141 354 9500 (89487) Option 6

For Results:

Tel: 0141 354 9476 (89487) Option 2

For Technical Enquiries/Sending Specimens:

Tel: 0141 354 9513 (89513)/0141 354 9514 (89514)

For Mortuary Enquiries:

Tel: 0141 354 9357 (89357)

Accreditation

The NHSGGC Pathology department has been accredited by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service (UKAS), using the ISO 15189:2012 set of international laboratory standards. This assessment provides formal recognition of our ability to provide a high quality laboratory and clinical service across all our diagnostic specialities (Histology, Neuropathology, Diagnostic Cytology, Andrology, HPV Screening, Electron Microscopy, Post Mortem and Mortuary Services).

Where possible the department participates in national external quality assurance schemes for all testing procedures/medical reporting specialties. Where established EQA schemes are not available inter laboratory comparison or alternative external quality assurance schemes have been set up.

The full list of accredited tests provided by the department can be seen in our schedule of accreditation.

UKAS GEN 6

The Pathology department utilises the Telepath Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS). Due to the limitations of this software, we are currently unable to fully meet the requirements of the UKAS publication GEN 6 – Reference to accreditation and multilateral recognition signatory status.

This publication sets out the requirements of reports/results released by the laboratory containing the appropriate use of UKAS logos and identifying any tests that are accredited and those that are not. The LIMS currently being utilised within Pathology does not allow us to present the UKAS logo within our reports. Whilst it is possible to enter a small amount of additional text without any difference in formatting at the end of each report, the referencing to the accreditation of tests could potentially interfere or cause the misinterpretation of pathology results (particularly with molecular and companion diagnostic tests such as PD-L1 that already have statements at the end of the reports explaining treatment/scoring decisions and the specific criteria required to be met). Where possible the department is including a small statement at the end of reports if a test used is out of our scope of accreditation.

The Pathology department have risk assessed this. Although we are not able to present this information on our reports the department’s user manual and website present full details of our accreditation, including a link to the UKAS page for our up to date schedule of accreditation and a list of currently out of scope techniques including details of progress made to add them to our scope or reasons for them currently being unaccredited. 

A number of investigation techniques carried out by the department are currently outside the scope of accreditation (see table below). This will usually be due to the technique not being performed frequently or being controlled/run by another department. However, the department will complete internal validation and IQC procedures before the implementation of any technique and participate in national external quality assurance (EQA) schemes or alternatives where possible:

NHSGGC Pathology Department Out of Scope Techniques
Test/InvestigationInternal Validation and IQCEQA Scheme ParticipationUKAS Extension to Scope Status
Joint Fluid/Crystal AnalysisYesNot AvailableNot in Scope
Mohs clinic (run by Dermatology)Yes Not in Scope
Appearance and Viscosity for Andrology testingYesNot for these criteriaNot UKAS accredited parameters
Digital PathologyYesNot AvailableIn Progress
HPV Screening (Hologic Panther System)YesYesFindings Cleared, Awaiting 3rd Party Decision
Hitachi Transmission Electron Microscope (TEM)YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: PAS+/-D*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Alcian Blue*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Alcian Blue PAS+/-D* YesYes Application Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Giemsa (CFV) Alternative*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Perl’s Prussian Blue*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Masson Trichrome*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Jone’s H&E*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Reticulin*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Grocott*YesYesApplication Submitted
Roche Benchmark SS: Congo Red*YesYesApplication Submitted
CA1X YesApplication Submitted
G34 & K36 Application Submitted
CD303YesApplication Submitted
TCL1YesApplication Submitted
Gastric Her-2YesYesApplication Submitted
Nut1 (Anti-Nut)Application Submitted
Smarc A4Application Submitted
MMR proteins (Lynch Markers) for use in endometrial cancersApplication Submitted
PDL-1 (clone 22C3) for use in Gastric Her-2Application Submitted
NHSGGC Pathology Department Out of Scope Techniques. * = A fully accredited Tecnai TEM is also available for use and we still have accredited procedures in place for performing these special stains techniques manually (e.g. for mega block slides or as a contingency if the staining machine fails or is at maximum capacity).

Laboratory Contacts

Main Laboratory Contacts
GeneralExternalInternal
Dr Fiona Roberts – Head of Service               0141 354 9512        89512
Dr Sylvia Wright – Clinical Lead0141 354 955889558
Dr Jonathan Salmond – Technology Lead0141 354 956189561
Steven Harrower – Head of Technical Services     0141 354 9468     89468
Suzanne Ferra – Cellular Pathology Operations Manager0141 354  9469       89469
Nicola SmallCompliance Manager0141 354 946189461
Gajan Sivarajah – Quality Manager0141 354 954089540
Robert Cast – Mortuary Services Manager         0141 451 5815        85815
Kevin Smith – Mortuary Scheduling & Performance Manager0141 451 579585795
Bio-repository Office                                                0141 354 9490         89490
Sarah Gilmour – Office Manager                  0141 354 9568         89568
Histology Specimen Reception                                0141 354 9513 0141 354 951489513 89514 
Cytology Specimen Reception                                 0141 354 9524         89524
EM Enquiries                                                           0141 354 9422         89422
SCRRS Enquiries                                                     0141 354 9524        89524
Consultant Pathologist Teams

The pathologist named first in each team, listed in bold is the designated specialty representative.

TEAMMEMBERSTEAMMEMBERS
AutopsyDr S. Fraser Dr J. Paxton Dr S.Wright Dr K.KinchBone & Soft TissueDr E. Macduff Dr F. Roberts Dr A. Young
BreastDr E. Mallon Dr C. Dick Dr D. Kipgen Dr J. Loane Dr E. Macduff Dr S. Syed Dr K. YoungCardiovascularDr S. Wright Dr D. Kipgen
DermatopathologyDr S. Digby Dr C. Harper Dr G. Kohnen Dr V. Lynch Dr L. Melly Dr C Moyes Dr M. Paul Dr W. Rickaby Dr A. YoungDiagnostic (Non-Gyn) CytologyDr C. Van der Horst Dr F. Duthie Dr C. Harper Dr D. Kipgen Dr D. Millan Dr A. Latimer Dr J. Slavin Dr S.Wright
Gastrointestinal (GI)Dr N. Maka Dr S. Bell Dr C. Dick Dr F. Duthie Dr S. Fraser Dr J. Going Dr C. Harper Dr G. Kohnen Dr P. Konanahalli Dr S. Liptrot Dr E. MacDuff Dr K. Myint Dr K. Oien Dr H. Pitchamuthu Dr F. Roberts Dr J. Salmond Dr J. Slavin Dr G.SmithGynaecologyDr S. Bell Dr G. Bryson Dr G. Kohnen Dr P. Konanahalli Dr D.Millan Dr S. Syed
Cervical CytologyDr A. Latimer Dr S. Liptrot Dr S. Syed Dr C. Van der HorstHaemato-LymphoidDr J. Goodlad Dr C. Harper Dr S. Liptrot Dr K. Myint Dr J. Paxton
Head & Neck/EndocrineDr L. Cooper Dr K. Myint Dr J. Paxton Dr J. Slavin Dr S. Wright Dr K. YoungLiverDr G. Kohnen Dr K. Oien Dr P. Konanahalli
NeuropathologyDr A. Stan Dr Z. Hanzely Dr W. StewartOphthalmicDr F. Roberts Dr C. Thum
PaediatricDr A. Murphy Dr C. Evans Dr P. French Dr D. PenmanRenalDr D. Kipgen Dr J. Crosby
RespiratoryDr C. Dick Dr E. MacDuff Dr H. Pitchamuthu Dr F. Roberts Dr J. SlavinUrologyDr V. Lynch Dr G. Bryson Dr J. Crosby Dr S. Fraser Dr H. Pitchamuthu Dr J. Salmond

User Feedback, Complaints and Compliments

The department aims to provide a first class service. If we have failed to meet your expectations, please do not hesitate to contact us, so that we can attempt to rectify the situation.

If you wish to discuss a report, please telephone the consultant whose name appears at the bottom of the report, in the first instance.  The consultant will be happy to review the case and seek a further opinion within or out with the department as required.

User Feedback Survey

We invite all our users to complete our user survey form. Please return via email to the quality manager. The information obtained from this survey will allow us to develop and improve the service we offer. We greatly appreciate the time and effort taken to complete this.

General Comments, Complaints and Feedback

For general complaints/compliments/comments on the service please contact:

Dr Fiona Roberts (Head of Service) 

Tel: 0141 354 9512, e-mail: fiona.roberts@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Mrs Nicola Small (Compliance Manager)

Tel: 0141 354 9461, e-mail: nicola.small2@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

Further information about the NHSGGC Complaints policy and procedures can be found here