Pathology Tests

The Department of Pathology is located on the ground floor of the New Bed Tower of HOH.

Order forms guidelines

For an optimal result of diagnostics and immunological research, it is essential to follow the guidelines in order to preserve the integrity of the material when submitted. The healthcare provider is responsible for the proper collection, identification, handling and packaging of the material and for completing the request form.

Please use our most recent request forms that are available at the hospital’s main warehouse or you can also find them at the left side of this page.

Note: Applications may be refused and returned by the pathology department if they contain insufficient or incorrect data to obtain a result that meets the applicable quality criteria.

Additional research

CITO requests should only be petitioned if there are therapeutic consequences. CITO requests are processed through the rapid program, whereby a conclusion will be known in approximately 1 work day. The application form must be provided with the statement CITO / SPOED / RUSH!

Frozen sections are requested for rapid production for intraoperative diagnosis. This must be notified in advance by telephone to the pathologist on duty. For rapid diagnosis, the tissue should be fresh and not fixed or alcohol-impregnated, when in doubt discuss with the pathologist. State on the request form the phone number where the applicant can be reached for the result, the goal is to give the result within 30 minutes.

Revision/ additional diagnostics/ medical treatment abroad may be requested by telephone, followed by a written request form from the applicant.

Clinical autopsies are done to diagnose the disease that has caused the death. Prior to an autopsy the autopsy request, consent form(s), and copy of identification(s) must be delivered to the pathologist. The pathologist, in close consultation with the requesting applicant, always makes the indication for whether or not an autopsy is performed.

Forensic autopsies are not performed by clinical pathologists of LABHOH. However, the facility is available for the forensic pathologists.

Guidelines for submitting material


The requesting applicant is responsible for sending the material according to the described procedure. The employees of the Pathology department are responsible for receiving and processing the material according to protocol. In short: only when the material has a PA-number the responsibility among the employees of the Pathology department. Until then the requesting applicant is responsible.

Submitting the material

All patient materials for research must be in a sterile, leak-proof, and clean container accompanied by a fully completed request form with the patient’s information on the container. The storage medium in which the material is located should be specifically noted on the container. If not, it will be assumed the material is provided in 10% buffered formalin phosphate (fixative). The patient material should be delivered in sufficient formalin phosphate. For resections, it must be 10-times the size of the material, and for biopsies; this must be 4-times.

Materials from outpatients can be handed in at one of our LABHOH locations. All materials have to be submitted at the laboratory before 15:00. In case this is not possible:

  • Biopsies should be stored in formalin phosphate at room temperature or in the refrigerator.
  • In case of emergency/ CITO please contact the pathologist on duty at 527 4000.


Results can only be obtained by fax during working hours at 527 4910 or 527 4911 from Monday to Friday from 7:00 to 16:00.

The requesting applicant can only retrieve autopsy reports by coming personally to the department.

Patients remain the owner of the collected material and are entitled to the research material. In order to retrieve the researched material, the laboratory has an extraction form that has to be signed by the patient.

The pathologist on duty has an on-call service and can be contacted via 527 4000.

For the complete Pathology Laboratory guideline click below: