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Cellular Pathology

What we do

Cellular pathology is the study of organs and tissues, and is used to diagnose illnesses and medical problems, similar to other branches of medicine, such as blood testing, radiology, blood transfusion and biochemistry. We analyse the causes of certain diseases and the effects that they are having on the body. Cellular pathologists also help decide which treatment is appropriate, assist in determining a prognosis and help find out what may have caused a person’s death.

There are two main areas within cellular pathology: histopathology, which involves the examination of sampled whole tissues under the microscope. and cytopathology (cytology), which is the examination of single cells - the best known Cytopathology test being a cervical smear.

Who we are

The Cellular Pathology Laboratory provides a high quality, cost effective service to the Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS foundation trust, GP’s and community hospitals within the Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group area and is a referral centre for specialist services for other trusts and Clinical Commissioning Groups outside the Wirral. It is continually upgrading the test repertoire offered to reflect developments in the medical field. The laboratories are staffed by highly qualified and experienced medical, scientific, and technical and support personnel.

The Laboratory offers the following services 

  • Cellular Pathology
  • Post-mortem Autopsy
  • Gynaecological Cytology
  • Non-Gynaecological Cytology

The laboratory is subject to external accreditation by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service and accessed against compliance with the international standard ISO15189. The laboratory is fully accredited and the departments UKAS reference number is 8836. The current scope of accredited practice can be found on the UKAS website.

The laboratory and Mortuary is subject to external accreditation by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) The laboratory is fully licensed and the licence number is 12027

The laboratory runs a comprehensive quality management system and participates in all relevant National Quality Assurance Schemes as well as operating a schedule of Internal quality audit, corrective action and quality improvement

The laboratory is accredited for training by the Health and Care Professions Council, The Royal College of Pathologists and the Institute of Biomedical Science.

Contact Us

General Laboratory Enquires

Histopathology : 0151 604 7778

Cytology : 0151 604 7025   


Key Contact Information

Mrs Joanne Evans                          ext 2556

Cytopathology Service Manager and Quality Manager          


Mr Alistair Armstrong                 ext 7416

Histopathology Service Manager and Quality Manager         


Mr Barton Coppell                            ext 2361

Mortuary Manager             


Dr Anshu Awasthi                        ext 2725   

Cellular Pathology Clinical Service Lead                                    


Dr David A Agbamu                       ext 2725  

HTA Designated Individual (DI)

Laboratory Opening Hours

Histopathology Opening Hours

Monday-Friday      0830-1730

Saturday-Sunday  CLOSED

The department is closed on all Public Holidays

Mortuary Opening Hours

Monday-Friday      0800-1630

Saturday-Sunday   CLOSED

Please note the mortuary is open for the  collection of the deceased by funeral directors during the following hours

Monday-Thursday  0830-0900 and 1300-1600

Friday                   0830-0900 and 1300-1530

Saturday-Sunday   CLOSED

Collection of the deceased outside of these hours is allowed in special circumstances, please contact the mortuary directly to arrange this.

Location and Address

The department is located in a building at the Northwest corner of Arrowe Park hospital, outside the main hospital building and close to the tall chimney. The department is sign posted on the main hospital maps. The Mortuary is located on the Basement level in the main Hospital and is fully signposted from the hospital main entrance.

The postal Address of the department is

Histopathology Laboratory
Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Arrowe Park Hospital
CH49 5PE

Tel 0151 678 5111 ext 2563

Fax 0151 604 1733

Additional Documents

Cytololgy Guide, Modified: 23/07/2018 1:22PM | Download: Cytololgy Guide
Cellular Pathology User Manual, Modified: 23/07/2018 1:21PM | Download: Cellular Pathology User Manual