Cellular Pathology


HPV Primary Screening Roll Out for Cornwall and Torbay Areas

PRIMARY HPV GO LIVE DATE – 20th NOVEMBER 2018

A recent communication from NHS England on 19th September 2018 announced the early implementation of HPV Primary Screening for Cornwall and Torbay areas from mid-November 2018. This primary HPV testing will be carried out at the Exeter Cytology Laboratory. As a summary the major changes to the cervical screening programme are:

Sample Taker Training Presentation for Primary HPV Testing

An Exeter laboratory helpline is now available during working hours 01392 402991 (9.00am – 5.00pm) and your call will be directed to the most appropriate member of the laboratory staff.

 

** IMPLEMENTATION OF PRIMARY HPV FOR CERVICAL SAMPLES IN CORNWALL**

PRIMARY HPV GO LIVE DATE – 20th NOVEMBER 2018

TRAINING FOR SAMPLE TAKERS

Sample taker training packs and sessions will be provided well in advance to ensure that you are ready prior to implementation of HPV primary screening. Details of these will be provided by Exeter laboratory.

KIT ORDERING

All sampling kits and bags orders need to be requested using rch-tr.cytologyenq@nhs.net – Please ensure that you place the word “order” in the subject line.

 –  Predictive stock supply will no longer be provided.

 REQUESTING

ICE requesting will no longer be available once HPV primary sampling has been implemented. Please continue to use ICE until implementation of HPV primary.

HPV primary requests require the Open Exeter / HMR101 paper request form and the sample vial – (electronic requesting option will be removed from sunquest ICE)

 –  The existing specimen labelling acceptance criteria will remain in place.

 TRANSPORTATION BAGS (ORANGE)

Prior to go live, orange transportation bags will be issued to you. Please ensure that you continue to place individual samples and forms in the small clear sample bags (pink ICE bags are no longer required) and then place multiple samples for transportation into the larger orange bags. This will ensure that the samples are safely and efficiently identified for delivery to Exeter.

 –  Please continue to send samples daily using the existing transport provisions.

REPORTS

Samples reported in the Cornwall backlog (cervical cytology) will continue to be provided by microtest (microtest sites) and yellow paper reports via the post.

The new primary HPV results issued on green paper reports will be sent via Royal mail from Exeter lab.

 –  Microtest and ICE feeds will cease once all the cases have been reported at the Cornwall lab.

 DIRECT REFERRALS

A direct referral system will be in place prior to go live for patients on the new HPV pathway. For specific information please contact Exeter lab.

 

Specimen Labelling Procedure