Cervical cytology screening uses liquid-based cytology (LBC).

We provide cytopathological reports which help guide clinicians on what treatment to give patients, , though we do not actually treat patients directly.

We aim to pick up the early stages of cancer from patients participating in the cervical screening programme and refer these to colposcopy for further examination.

We have a target turnaround time of 14 days end-to-end for cervical screening samples and currently we are meeting the target of 98 per cent of samples being reported within this time.

Diagnostic cytopathology:

This includes fine needle aspirates (FNAs) from a variety of body sites e.g. lumps in the breast and neck. The FNA clinics provide a same-day reporting service for breast and thyroid and head and neck lumps, often while the patient is still in the clinic.

We also offer diagnostic cytology on effusions, fluids, and washings/brushings from respiratory and digestive tracts, and urine.

We differentiate between malignancy and non-malignancy in all our diagnostic cytology (non-gynaecological) specimens.

Service management


Gynae Cytology (Cervical Smear results)
5th Floor West Wing
250 Euston Road
London, NW1 2PG

Diagnostic Cytology
60 Whitfield Street

Referral address

Diagnostic Cytopathology
Department of Cellular Pathology 2nd Floor
60 Whitfield Street
London W1T 4EU

Cellular Pathology Admin team
2nd Floor
60 Whitfield Street
London W1T 4EU
Tel: 0203 456 8401/2/3
Email: uclh.cellpath@nhs.net

We aim to report on diagnostic cytology specimens within 48 hours of receipt into the laboratory.