Histopathology is the study of diseased tissues and organs. Our histopathologists examine the microscopical architecture of tissues and the relationship between the different cells and tissue types found within tissues and organs.

The Histopathology Department receives tissue specimens from patients, taken at outpatient or GP clinics, or during surgical operations or post-mortem examinations. These specimens are associated with the condition under investigation.

By examining the tissue, cells or fluids removed from the patient, we can determine whether disease is present and what effect this disease will have on the patient. We then send a report to the treating clinician who can explain the diagnosis and its implications to the patients.

If you are a patient, there should be no circumstances under which you would need to visit the Histopathology Department, as all specimens are sent to the Department by the clinical team managing your care.

If you are a healthcare professional or a company representative, you can visit the Histopathology Department. However, please contact us first to arrange an appointment.

Please note that we are unable to give results to patients, relatives, or friends. They can only be given to the requesting doctor.

Opening hours

The Histopathology Department provides a routine diagnostic service:
Monday-Friday: 9am-5.15pm

The Department does not open at weekends or on public holidays, and we do not provide an on-call service. In emergencies, a member of consultant staff may be contacted via the switchboard.


We are located on the first floor of the Fewston Wing, Harrogate District Hospital.

Key staff

Histopathology Laboratory Manager: Dr Joanne Smullen

Professional Lead: Dr Daniel Scott

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