Cytology Improvement Guide – Achieving a 14 Day Turnaround Time in Cytology

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Working in partnership with the National Cancer Screening Programme, NHS Improvement supported 10 pilot sites to test the Lean methodology to demonstrate that the 14 day standard for cervical cytology can be achieved and that it brings benefits both for the patient and for the NHS in terms of potential cost savings.


This guide provides clinical teams with the basic tools to make changes to their processes, and it is supported by tried and tested case studies from across the whole pathway.