Quality In Cytology

Quality in cytology

The Cytopathology laboratory is committed to providing a high quality service and uses an integrated system of internal quality control to ensure the accuracy and reliability of test results.  The laboratory is currently accredited to UKAS Medical Laboratories accreditation ISO 15189:2012.


External Quality Assurance

All staff involved in the reporting of cervical cytology hold a Cervical Cytology Certificate of Competence and participate in the Regional Screening EQA scheme.

The department participates in Public Health England – East and West Midlands Quality Assurance Reference Centre- Gynaecological Technical EQA Scheme

All staff involved in the reporting of non-gynaecological cytology participate in the North West Region Non Gynaecological Cytology EQA scheme run by the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The department participates in UKNEQAS Non-gynaecological Diagnostic Cytology Technical EQA Scheme.


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The Trust Laboratories at Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital were awarded UKAS (United Kingdom Accreditation Service) accreditation to the internationally recognised ISO 15189 standard in May 2015. For a list of accredited tests and other information please visit the test database http://www.heftpathology.com/frontpage/test-database.html.
Tests not appearing on this scope are either under consideration or in the process of accreditation and so currently remain outside of our scope of accreditation. However, these tests have been validated to the same high standard as accredited tests and are performed by the same trained and competent staff.

For further information contact Louise Fallon, Quality Manager, 0121 424 1235

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