October 6th, 2020

Please note that Cellular Pathology (Histology and Cytology) will only receipt and process samples from electronic requests from within the MYCARE systems following go-live on the 10th October 2020.

In the event that paper requests are received the specimen will not be processed until we contact the clinical team and ask that they provide an electronic request and print a specimen label. The specimen label must be brought to the  laboratory so clinical teams can identify the specimen and label it safely.

When booking a histology frozen section, the laboratory staff will be requesting that you do this electronically.

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2020

October 6th, 2020

Exeter Laboratory Newsletter September 2020

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infections FAQs

June 19th, 2020

SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 infections

Pathology Newsletter June 2020

June 4th, 2020

Pathology Newsletter June 2020

RD&E Covid-19 Testing Service

May 22nd, 2020

Dear colleagues

Did you know that the RD&E is providing a COVID-19 testing service for all symptomatic* health and care staff working or living in North and Eastern Devon?

Health and care staff with a symptomatic household member can also use the testing service.

To book a slot, simply complete this online referral form or call 01626 204950.

If you have any questions, please email

Kind regards,

The RD&E Testing Service



May 20th, 2020

Please note that during the current Covid-19 pandemic, the Cellular Pathology department is working as usual, with the following exceptions:

  • Unfixed histological specimens with suspected or known  Covid-19 for direct immunofluorescence will NOT be processed.
  • Unfixed histological specimens with suspected or known  Covid-19 for frozen sections will NOT be processed.
  • Seminal fluid specimens with suspected or known  Covid-19 for post-vasectomy semen analysis will NOT be processed.


These measures are in place to protect the health and well being of the laboratory staff.

Genomics COVID-19 Update 19/05/2020

May 19th, 2020

For the latest information regarding genomic laboratory services please read the most recent update is here.

Microbiology – Changes to Sample Processing during Covid-19

April 7th, 2020

Clear Urine
During the COVID pandemic, clear urine samples are not being processed. Infection is unlikely when the urine appears clear. Consider repeat sample or empirical treatment following NICE guidelines.

Sputum samples
Non-mucoid samples will not be processed as poor quality samples. Consider repeat sample if clinically indicated.

Superficial wound swabs
Specimens will not processed if there is a lack of clinical details. Please consider if this sample is clinically required and would change management. Promote good wound care and only consider antimicrobial therapy for superficial wounds when there is spreading cellulitis.

Mycology testing
During the COVID pandemic, mycology samples are not being processed. Repeat samples should not be sent until the laboratory can confirm they will be processed.

Faecal samples 
During the COVID pandemic, non-bloody faecal samples will not be processed. Most cases of infectious gastroenteritis are self-limiting and do not require treatment. If there are specific concerns in an immunocompromised patient, please discuss case directly with microbiologist via email

Please note, faecal sample processing is limited to direct culture for Salmonella, enrichment culture will not take place. If high clinical concern of Salmonella, please consider sending a repeat sample if initial sample negative.

MRSA testing is restricted to admission to high risk in-patient areas – ITU, NNU, vascular surgery, elective orthopaedic surgery, renal and haematology/oncology. Please do not send swabs from patients in other areas unless previously positive.

COVID-19 Update for Genomics Laboratory

March 30th, 2020

For information regarding important changes to genomic laboratory services in accordance with national recommendations from NHSE, please read the COVID-19 Update here.


March 24th, 2020

The Cytology department hosted a farewell party on Friday 13th March at Buckerell Lodge, Exeter. We would like to thank everyone who attended, it was a wonderful evening.

We held a raffle with NINE fantastic prizes, all proceeds going towards Jo’s  cervical cancer trust, the UK’s leading cervical cancer charity.


We would like to thank everyone for their generous donations and congratulations to those who won prizes…  we raised £226 !!!

The Cytology department would like to thank all those involved with cervical screening for their dedication and professionalism over the years. We wish you all the best of luck for the future.