Urine cytology samples are repeatable, non-invasive initial investigations performed either for diagnosis of malignancy or as routine post operative or treatment follow up. Urine cytology has a high sensitivity for high grade transitional cell carcinomas which can appear normal on cystoscopy.
When sending urine samples for cytological investigation, please note the following:
All Trust specimens must be requested on Epic and labelled with an Epic label. GPOCS specimens must be labelled with a GPOCs label. All other samples must have a request form.
HIGH RISK SPECIMENS: Requests must indicate if a specimen is high risk. Please indicate details of the risk, eg: TB, blood-borne virus, etc.
URGENT SPECIMENS: Please label urgent specimens clearly; an explanation as to why the specimen is urgent is helpful. On receipt, laboratory staff will notify the pathologist who will report the specimen as soon as possible.
The Laboratory aims to comply with The Royal College of Pathologists Key Performance Indicator (KPI 6.4) for Cellular Pathology reporting turnaround times with 90% of all cases reported within 10 calendar days.
Specimen Labelling Procedure