Why use us

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    Our flexibility improves your efficiency. Initial set up takes under 24 hours, and slides are typically reported within four working days. We work from your hospital’s regular request forms so there is no additional paperwork to fill in, and we use your own case numbers for a seamless service.

    All cases are reported via our secure online system and are instantly available to client hospitals. Let us know if a case becomes urgent after sending it to us and we will make sure that it is reported faster.

    We can help relieve the pressure on turnaround times.
  • Cost effective icon plus

    Backlogs is an economical way of relieving pressure during busy periods or times of staff shortage, or when extra help is needed in a certain specialism. We are a cost-effective alternative to locum recruitment.

    When sending slides you do not need a complex contract or minimum order to benefit from our low fixed price for an average mix of cases. Specialist reporting for specific case types can also easily be arranged.

    Our support is here as and when you need it.
  • High Quality icon plus

    The quality of our service is at the heart of everything that we do. Backlogs has been providing a first-rate service to the NHS since 2005 and has become established as the leader in the provision of send-away histology and non-gynae cytology reporting.

    We have a reliable network of consultant pathologists that are carefully vetted before joining us. They are all collegiate members of the RCPath or equivalent authority, and are all in national EQA and CPD schemes. We also have a thorough internal quality assessment procedure to ensure the ongoing quality of our reports.

Our experience

We pioneered online pathology reporting in 2005, and since then have worked with more than 100 NHS hospitals. We are now acknowledged by many Trusts as the preferred alternative to agency locum services, demonstrating major advantages in speed and efficiency over alternative services.

Our secure online systems are designed to a high specification, offering proven functionality within the NHS environment, and are being continuously updated to meet changing demands.


Backlogs is committed to delivering a high quality, client focused service. Our robust Quality Management System underpins our policies and processes and is focused on meeting the needs of our clients.

In support of our quality commitment, Backlogs is registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC).
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