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Sheffield Teaching Hospitals

The histopathology department functions as a series of specialist teams, the configuration of which may change with time.  Team 1 does ENT, Urology, Haematopathology and Soft Tissue pathology.  Team 2 does Breast, Gastrointestinal (upper) and Hepatopathology.  Team 3 does Gynaecological pathology and cytopathology, and Team 4 is Dermatopathology.  Ophthalmic and Neuropathology are separate.

All sites have immunohistochemistry, and molecular pathology established. The adjacent University Section of Pathology in the Division of Genomic Medicine has molecular biology, image analysis and in situ hybridisation.  Electron microscopy is available.

As a teaching trust, all of the hospitals have close links to the University of Sheffield, home to Sheffield’s medical school, and Sheffield Hallam University.  It is a major teaching centre for future health professionals. 

Sheffield Children’s Hospital

This separate Trust has 159 beds and provides the main acute Medical and Surgical Diagnostic facilities. The Ryegate Centre for handicapped children has a residential unit of 20 beds, out-patient and assessment unit.  The University Department of Child Health and the University Centre for Human Genetics form part of the Western Bank complex.

The Hospital has an active oncology referral centre which offers experience with a wide range of childhood tumours.  Specialised histochemical techniques are applied to muscle biopsies, and to rectal biopsies for rapid diagnosis of Hirschsprung’s disease and allied disorders.  The department is equipped for immunohistochemistry.  A sub-regional autopsy service covers a wide range of fetal perinatal and post-perinatal deaths. 

Medico-Legal Centre

The Medico-Legal Centre in Sheffield houses the offices of the Coroner, the Coroner’s court, offices of the Forensic Science Service (FSS) and the public mortuary.  The centre is owned by Sheffield City Council and is not part of the NHS.  High quality and specialist training is made available, courtesy of the Coroner and FSS. The public mortuary is licensed under the Human Tissue Act and receives the bodies of those who die outside hospital from Sheffield, Barnsley and local townships.

Chesterfield & North Derbyshire Royal Hospital

Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust comprises approximately 630 beds, serving a population of approximately 350,000 people.  The Trust currently offers the full range of District General Hospital services and has accreditation as a cancer unit. The hospital is also one of the Cancer Centres for Head and Neck Surgery. The department also handles approximately 1000 cases of non-cervical cytology cases, and offers service in the form of sampling adequacy assessment within the weekly head and neck clinic service. There is no cervical cytology specimen assessment offered on site.  Routine (non-specialised) immunohistochemistry is carried out on site. The department also has a newly refurbished mortuary, which has dual function serving the hospital and community (750 cases per year).  

Doncaster Royal Infirmary

The Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of approximately 420,000 and provides a full range of DGH-level services from five main sites; Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), Bassetlaw District General Hospital (BDGH), Montagu Hospital (Mexborough), Tickhill Road Hospital (Doncaster) and Retford Hospital (outpatient services only).Trust has become an established and credible second hub for a wide range of specialist services alongside the major teaching and tertiary care centre in Sheffield and has recently been granted Associate Teaching Hospital status of the University of Sheffield Medical School.  Histopathology has modern histology, immunohistology, cytology and standard laboratory facilities as well as a busy autopsy service, mainly for HM Coroner.