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Use of the CEREBRO specimen tracking system in histology

This article provides an overview of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s experience using the CEREBRO Specimen Tracking System (Leica Biosystems) in Cellular Pathology services

The importance of accurate and efficient processing of irreplaceable Histology specimens is well known. The Cellular Pathology department in NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHS GG&C) receives an annual workload of circa 100,000 histology specimens; therefore the ability to track an individual specimen through the histology process is only achievable with an electronic tracking system

As part of a laboratory strategy to support a major re-organisation of NHS GG&C’s Acute Services (including a £1 billion hospital modernisation programme), Cellular Pathology services were centralised in June 2012 from six sites to a single site located in a new state of the art laboratory building on the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital Campus.

The combined repertoire of the new centralised department is detailed in Table 1.

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