Her2 service

Last Updated 1 June 2011

Her 2 service: Gastric and Breast

Here at Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust, we have been performing HER-2 immunohistochemistry and FISH since 2003 and currently test around 3500 breast cases per year with around 700 cases of in-situ hybridisation and have recently introduced the Gastric HER-2 test.

We are one of 7 UK laboratories trained to interpret gastric HER-2 testing. This specialist supra-regional service is overseen by Dr Jyoti Gupta, Lead for Upper GI Pathology at MTW.

The Breast HER-2 testing service is overseen by Dr Rachael Liebmann and Dr David Fish.

The laboratory and office is managed by a Clinical Scientist (Gill Donald) together with dedicated scientific and clerical staff. 

We are a fully accredited laboratory and fully participate in NEQAS schemes for both the HER-2 immunohistochemistry and FISH schemes for breast cancer and will participate in gastric cancer schemes as they become available (currently under development).

Two members of scientific staff are NEQAS assessors. Consultant staff involved with the service are participating in the development of UK reporting guidelines for Gastric HER-2 testing.

Laboratory Opening Times & Contact Details

The laboratory is open between 8.45am and 5pm Monday to Friday. An on-call service is not provided.

Contact details are as follows:

Molecular Pathology, Cellular Pathology Dept, Maidstone Hospital, Hermitage Lane, Maidstone, Kent. ME16 9QQ
HER-2 Office                 01622 225643

Fax: 01622 224061

For further information, please see "Information for Users" documents below

Request form for HER-2 status  
Breast HER-2 testing service Information for those requesting the service
Gastric HER-2 testing service Information for those requesting the service