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Diagnostic Services

Cellular Pathology services in the Thames Valley Region are located across the three counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, and Oxfordshire at the following sites:

These sites together cover all disciplines of surgical pathology and cytology, including paediatric pathology, neuropathology (John Radcliffe Hospital) and bone and soft tissue pathology (Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre). Further details of these services can be found on the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust website.

Molecular diagnostic tests are offered by the Oxford Molecular Diagnostics Centre, who provide a wide range of analyses for cancers and haematological diseases.

Cytogenetics services, including cytogenetic analyses of solid tumours, are offered by the Oxford Cytogenetics Laboratory.


Many of the histopathologists within region are actively engaged in research in the field across a range of sub-specialties. There are extensive services available in Oxford from the Oxford Centre for Histopathology Research who provide research support to collaborators within region and beyond.

For further details, see our research section.


The region has a well-established training programme in histopathology, from ST1 onwards, with specialty registrars at ST1 level based at Wycombe Hospital, and with the remaining training years spent in both regional centres and at the John Radcliffe Hospital. SeeĀ Health Education Thames Valley – Specialty Training Programme in Histopathology (pdf; 214.9 KB)

There are several academic training posts in region, which are currently based at the John Radcliffe Hospital. These posts are additionally supported by the Oxford University Clinical Academic Graduate School (OUCAGS).

The region prides itself on being able to offer comprehensive training in cellular pathology, with placements available within region in all sub-specialties. Additional experience is available and encouraged in audit and research, and also in undergraduate teaching via close links with the Oxford University Medical School. Further details on training in the Thames Valley Region can be found on the Oxford Deanery website.

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