Pathology Handbook

Nipple Discharge

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). 


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.


Material obtained should be spread onto the slide. 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 patient's 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.


N/A - Slides


N/A - Slides


The slides should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible after collection. 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 - 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 patient identifiers.