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Neuropathology

Neurosurgical Biopsies for Intra-operative Diagnosis (Smear or Frozen)

The laboratory must be notified of all potential intra-operative investigations, a minimum of 24 hours in advance of surgery via 0141 353 9530 (89530) or by paging 17627.  When initially contacting the lab, the patient name, CHI Number, surgical procedure, location and estimated time of biopsy should be provided so that appropriate medical and laboratory staff cover can be arranged.

 

Failure to notify the lab of a case in advance of the surgery taking place may lead to delays in obtaining an intra-operative report if pathologist/laboratory staff are unavailable or allocated elsewhere.

Ideally all intra-operative cases should be discussed with a neuropathologist at the appropriate MDT meeting.

 

Containers

Sterile, screw cap containers should be used and are stored and managed by theatres. Please contact: 0141 354 9530 (89530) if you urgently require additional containers, you will need to send a porter to collect them.

All containers should be clearly labelled with patient name, date of birth, CHI number, ward number and consultant.

If a specimen is small, the specimen can be put on a glass slide within the container. Please do not add any fluid to the container.

 

HIGH-RISK SPECIMENS MUST CARRY APPROPRIATE DANGER OF INFECTION LABELS AND CLINICAL INFORMATION PROVIDED

 

Point of delivery

Please contact Neuropathology 0141 354 9530 (89530) to alert us that a fresh specimen is on its way so that we can prepare for its arrival.

The specimen should be brought by the porter to:

Neuropathology, Pathology Department

Level 3, Laboratories & Facilities Management Building

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Glasgow

G51 4TF

 

It is the clinician’s responsibility to arrange immediate transportation of a specimen to Neuropathology.

The specimen must be handed to a member of Laboratory staff on delivery.

 


Neurosurgical biopsy for paraffin histology

No prior notification is necessary.

 

Containers

Sterile, screw cap containers should be used and are stored and managed by theatres. Please contact: 0141 354 9530 (89530) if you urgently require additional containers, you will need to send a porter to collect them.

All containers should be clearly labelled with patient name, date of birth and CHI number.

 

High-risk cases must carry appropriate hazard labels.

 

Tissue Fixation

 

10% formal saline will be supplied by the Pathology Specimen Reception when requested by theatres. Please contact 0141 354 9513 or 0141 354 9514 (89513/89514) when required.

Institute of Neurosciences Theatres: Please contact the department and organise a porter to bring suitable empty containers to the department.

Royal Hospital for Children Theatres: The neuropathology department will supply containers with 10% formal saline on request. Please contact the department before requesting a porter to come and collect the containers.

The container should be at least twice the volume of the specimen and filled with 10% formal saline.

 

Accompanying Information

Completed request forms should carry the consultant’s name, ward number, patient’s name, CHI number, address with post-code, date of birth, date of operation and relevant clinical information.

For more technical information/specimen enquiries, please contact Neuropathology on 0141 354 9530 (89530)

 

Point of Delivery:

Neuropathology, Pathology Department

Level 3, Laboratories & Facilities Management Building

Queen Elizabeth University Hospital

Glasgow

G51 4TF

 

Last Updated: 17 March 2021