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Herefordshire patients to benefit from new faster cancer diagnosis technology

Press release – 5 May 2021

Herefordshire patients to benefit from new faster cancer diagnosis technology

Herefordshire patients can now benefit from new advanced technology recently introduced at Hereford County Hospital histopathology department, which will revolutionise processing of diagnostic cancer specimens and assist in patient cancer diagnosis.

Wye Valley NHS Trust (WVT) is one of the first hospitals in the region to introduce this latest technology which will assist in the more rapid detection of cancers including breast, kidney and colon.

The hospitals’ laboratory can process patient tissue samples within 14 hours, half the time of the traditional method which is speeding up patient diagnosis.  The new equipment is also used to process large tissues, which would previously have taken up to 48 hours to process.

Andrea Johnson, histopathology manager at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “This processing technology is significantly advanced for use in histopathology and we are delighted to secure this for the benefit of our patients to provide a quicker diagnosis. 

“We’re also able to process more samples within the same time frame due to its efficiency, and test larger pieces of tissue more quickly for difficult to detect carcinomas, types of cancer, to determine future treatment and prognosis for patients. 

“The next step is to use this new technology to enable quicker turnaround times for urgent tissue biopsies, to provide same day diagnosis.

“This is a significant development for the department and will assist in the transformation of the local diagnostic pathway of cancer in Herefordshire”.

Andrea Johnson, histopathology manager at Wye Valley NHS Trust, demonstrating the machine

Andrea Final



Notes to Editors WVT:

  • Wye Valley NHS Trust is a provider of health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve.
  • By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
  • With an estimated annual turnover of around £250 million, we employ around 3,000 staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.


For further information please contact:

Fiona Gurney, communications officer, or John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928


Contact Details

John Burnett
Communication and engagement manager
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: John.Burnett@wvt.nhs.uk

Amanda Millichip
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email: Amanda.Millichip@wvt.nhs.uk

Fiona Gurney
Communications officer
Tel: 01432 372928
Email:  Fiona.gurney@wvt.nhs.uk


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The County Hospital
Trust Headquarters
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