Fine Needle Aspirate And Washings
Request on ICE (if ICE is not available, a downloadable
non-gynae request form is available via a link in the Cellular
Pathology section of the Pathology Handbook).
Reports are normally issued between 4-6 days of reciept. Samples
requiring extra work may take longer, please contact the lab for
further information on delayed reports.
Material obtained by aspiration should be spread along the
length of the slide, using another glass slide placed horizontally,
pulling the slides apart. Prepared slides must be fixed immediately
in alcohol or air dried (preferably one of each) before dispatch to
the laboratory. Slides must be labelled in pencil with the patients
name, DOB and NHS number (hospital number is acceptable if the NHS
number is not available) and with an indication as to the method of
fixation. The slides must be sent to the laboratory in a slide box.
If there is material remaining after the slides have been prepared,
this can be rinsed into a universal containing preservative fluid
N/A - slides plus washing in Cytolyt if appropriate.
For fine needle washings, a universal containing a preservative
(Cytolyt). These can be obtained from the laboratory.
The slides should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible
after collection. If a washing is also prepared, a slight delay
between collection and transport is not a problem as the sample is
fixed. Outside laboratory hours, specimens can be left in the post
box outside the pathology reception on the first floor of the tower
Store at 2 - 5ºC until the sample is prepared.
Causes For Rejection
Unlabelled/inadequately labelled sample. Inadequately completed
request form. Both the sample and request form must contain three