Urine - Cytology
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.
A full specimen of urine, preferably a mid-morning specimen, is
required for cytology, Please advise patients to ensure that the
lids are firmly tightened to prevent leakage during transport to
the laboratory. When catheter specimens are sent, please ensure
these are clearly labelled as such on the specimen container and
request form. Specimens should not be collected during the 14 days
One sample, ideally between one quarter full and a full
A special cytology black top urine container to which a
preservative has been added. These can be obtained from Pathology
Specimens should be sent to the laboratory as soon as possible
after collection. If there is a delay between collection and
transport, the sample should be refrigerated. Outside laboratory
hours, specimens can be left in the post box outside the Pathology
reception on the first floor of the tower block.
Store at 2 - 5ºC until the sample is prepared.