Cellular Pathology

Source LDPath is the largest and most technically advanced private provider of cellular and digital pathology services in the UK.

Bringing an end-to-end cellular pathology service for the cut-up, processing, and reporting of wet surgical specimens and pre-prepared blocks or slides

Source LDPath provides the highest quality reporting and service standards with reports returned within 5 working days from receipt for pre-prepared slides and 7 days from receipt for wet specimens.

  • 200+ Consultant Pathologists
  • All specialisms reported
  • Cut up and processing of wet specimens
  • Routine staining and special stains available
  • Short and long term service solutions
  • Largest Second Opinion Network
  • Market-leading turnaround times

Source LDPath tailors its services through scalable solutions for each laboratory whether it is within an NHS Trust or a private clinical provider. Our service is highly regarded, and our extensive team of the UK’s leading Specialist Consultant Pathologists, led by our Medical Director Professor Ian Ellis and by Dr Alistair Robson, Clinical Director of Digital Pathology, ensures our partners receive the best quality service for tackling pathology case accumulation and for patient care.

Pre-prepared Blocks or Slides

Source LDPath provides boxes for the transportation of pre-prepared specimens as the correct packaging of slides and FFPE blocks is essential to minimise the risk of breakages and potential loss during transportation. Each transport box can hold approximately 30 trays of slides and each tray can hold a maximum of 9 slides.

Wet Specimens

Under the Control of Substances Hazardous to Health regulations, barrels for transportation of wet specimens will be provided by Source Pathology. It is important that specimens are adequately fixed. For large resection specimens it is suggested that specimens be incised to aid fixation prior to dispatch.

Courier Collection

Source Pathology can organise daily, regular (e.g. Monday and Wednesday each week) or ad-hoc collections as required. Please advise us of your preferred collection arrangements and times through discussion with your dedicated account manager.

All collections are free of charge.

Customer Support

Source Pathology has a dedicated Customer Support team, who manages the process from sample receipt, to reporting and return.

With a National network Consultant Pathologists available to report, cases are sent to members of the consultant team according to specialism.

Our team of scientific and laboratory professionals are available to offer technical and diagnostic advice and any queries regarding logistics and delivery of results.

Electronic Delivery of Results

Source Pathology offers a fast and secure method of receiving reports for both cellular pathology specimens and diagnostic tests. Our system requires a user name, password and a random number generating key fob in order to log in to your account, ensuring that reports are securely stored and can only be accessed by those set up on the system. Reports are downloaded in Microsoft Word format.

For longer term support and contracts, Source BioScience can feed reports directly into a Trust laboratory Information Management System.

All slides, blocks FFPE blocks and request cards will be returned.

Duty of Care & Investigative Audit

Investigative Audit and Duty of Care reviews are complex and time consuming, so it is important to ensure they are entered at the appropriate time and are properly conducted. Source Pathology's Duty of Care and Investigative Audit services provide a confidential, efficient, and swift means of undertaking reviews using an independent panel of specialist pathologists.

Principles of an Investigative Audit

An Investigative Audit scrutinises a sample of cases to establish if there are valid concerns about the performance of an individual pathologist. In the specific instance of cellular pathology, cases should be re-reported, and any discrepancies or errors identified should be classified according to The Royal College of Pathologists’ system of categorisation. An Investigative Audit differs from a Duty of Care review and has different outcomes; they should not be confused. An Investigative Audit review is a systematic review of individual patient cases to ensure that the patient has received the correct or optimal care.

Principles of a duty of care review

The principal aim of a Duty of Care review is to detect and prevent possible harm to patients. Normally, a Duty of Care review should only be conducted when concerns or allegations about the performance of an individual pathologist or team have been substantiated, for example by an Investigative Audit.

Second Opinion Services

Second opinion may be required for complex or unusual cases. The focus of Source Pathology’s expert opinion is patient safety and to help identify patients that may require clinical management.

Source Pathology are an experienced provider of second opinion Pathology diagnosis. The focus of our expert opinion is patient safety and to help you identify patients that may require clinical management and promote confidence in your service. Our Second Opinion Pathology Service is not an assessment of the performance of individuals, teams or services.

Our Second Opinion Pathology Service can turn around cases quickly using our Secure Portal Access (SPA) and give you real time access to your reports.

Contact us today and one of our skilled account managers will be in touch with a free consultation including further information and pricing details.

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