Reception Cheltenham General Hospital
0300 422 3021
8.30am – 5.30pm
Reception Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
0300 422 5286
8.30am – 5.30pm
We perform tests on tissues and fluids to help in the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Pathology: Information for Patients
Our lab staff perform tests on tissues and fluids to help with diagnosis and treatment. Our pathology staff also provide blood tests at our hospitals and in the community.
Information for service users
This information is aimed at healthcare professionals who are using our pathology services.
The department is open 24 hours a day all year round and below is a summary of the type of work covered by the department.
Chemical Pathology (Biochemistry)
Department of Chemical Pathology and Metabolic Medicine also known as Clinical Biochemistry
The Cytopathology Department is a branch of the Pathology Laboratory based at Cheltenham General Hospital that is involved in diagnosing disease at a cellular level.
The Haematology and Blood Transfusion department provides a comprehensive high quality screening and advisory service to Cheltenham General Hospital, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital and to GP surgeries in Gloucestershire and parts of Worcestershire.
Ensure that the pot is big enough for the specimen. Allow enough room for the specimen and an adequate amount of formalin to cover the specimen. The pre-filled yellow pots of formalin can be obtained from pathology stores, and the bigger white pots that are not pre-filled can be obtained by ringing the Histology Department. Please be aware when filling the white pots with formalin, this is a hazardous chemical and requires the correct personal protective equipment. If you require any COSHH or risk assessment data please contact the laboratory, or read this formalin health and safety data sheet
The majority of our immunology tests are performed in-house, but a number are sent to specialist reference centres. A clinical immunology service is also provided for patients with primary immune deficiencies and allergies.
The department offers a comprehensive service for bacteriology, mycology, parasitology, serology and virology
We have the care and dignity of your loved one at the very heart of our practice. We work closely with the bereavement and chaplaincy teams to support you and your family during what can be a very difficult time.
Pathology contacts & advice service
Blood Transfusion, Department of Pathology, Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham, GL53 7AN
Pathology Stores at both sites hold a wide range of disposable goods and chemicals used by each of the departments within the building. It also supplies the appropriate specimen containers, bags, forms and equipment needed for sample testing.
Work experience and laboratory tours
The Pathology laboratories are usaually able to offer a limited number of work experience placements each year.
The progress of a disease can be monitored by pathology tests to determine the effectiveness of treatment and to assist clinical management decisions. The Clinical Pathology Laboratories are equipped to a high standard and provide a comprehensive range of clinical services on both the Cheltenham General and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital sites. The laboratories are regularly inspected and accredited by the relevant national bodies.
All of our laboratories are Institute of Biomedical Science-approved training laboratories.