Specialist Centres used by the Department for the referral of tissue samples

REFERRAL CENTRE

CPA STATUS

PARTICIPATION IN EQA SCHEMES

SPECIMEN TURNAROUND TIMES

Muscle Immunoanalysis Unit (NSCAG)
Dental Hospital
Richardson Road
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE2 4AZ

Full Accreditation
Reference No. 2212

No recognised EQA Scheme for Muscle Pathology
Monthly review meetings
Meetings with Dubowitz Centre
Bi annual Muscle Interest Group meetings

8-10 weeks routine biopsies
2-3 weeks urgent biopsies

Dubowitz Neuromuscular Centre
Institute of Neurology
Muscle Pathology Laboratory
1st Floor Queen Square
Queen Square
LONDON  WC1N 3BG

Conditional approval
(non-critical non-compliances being finalised)
Reference No. 1603

EQA Scheme for Muscle Pathology.
Own internal Quality Control
Meetings with NSCAG-Newcastle
Bi annual Muscle Interest Group meetings

5-6 weeks routine samples
4 weeks NSCAG samples

Neuro-Metabolic Unit
Box 105
National Hospital for Neurological Diseases
Queen Square
LONDON  WC1 3BG

Full Accreditation
Reference No. 1370

No recognised Schemes
Exchange samples with Australia

3-4 weeks

Mitochondrial Diagnostic Laboratory
Mitochondrial Research Group
4th Floor
The Medical School
Newcastle University
Framlington Place
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE
NE2 4HH

Still to be inspected

UK NEQAS Scheme for Molecular Genetics

4 weeks for Biochemical analysis
7 days Urgent samples
12 weeks for other tests

National Creutzfeldt-Jakob
Disease Surveillance Unit
The University of Edinburgh
Western General Hospital
Crewe Road
EDINBURGH  EH4 2XU

Not accredited but recognised by WHO as international reference centre.
Intend to apply for accreditation in the future

Neuropathology Lab. Participates in UK NEQAS Scheme

5 days blocks and slides
8 days referred tissue samples
6-8 weeks final autopsy report

The Bradford service sends some non urgent work to Medical Solutions for laboratory preparation only.

Medical Solutions have full unconditional CPA accreditation.

They take part in the following EQA schemes:

  • UK NEQAS for Cellular Pathology
  • UK NEQAS for Immunohistochemistry and fluorescent in-situ hybridization
  • General pathology module
  • Breast Pathology (Hormone receptors) module
  • Breast Pathology HER2 module
  • HER2 FISH Module

The turnaround times for laboratory work only are: 100% of cases returned in 7 days or less.


Page updated: 14/02/14 | Updated by: Tracey Wainwright

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