Pathology Handbook

Fine Needle Aspirate And Washings

Request Form 

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). 

Availability

On request.

Turnaround Time

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.

Specimen

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 (Cytolyt).

Volume

N/A - slides plus washing in Cytolyt if appropriate.

Container

For fine needle washings, a universal containing a preservative (Cytolyt). These can be obtained from the laboratory. 

Transport

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 block.

Lab Handling

Store at 2 - 5ÂșC 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 patient identifiers.