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.
Tests and investigations
Below is our database of tests and investigations carried out within Pathology. Please note: results and gender-related reference ranges should be interpreted according to the clinical scenario.
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.
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 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.
The histology department is based on the Cheltenham General Hospital site with a hotlab for frozen sections on the Gloucestershire Royal Hospital site.
The Immunology laboratory provides a comprehensive clinical diagnostic service to the Gloucestershire Royal and Cheltenham General Hospitals, as well as the local community. It is located in the Pathology area of the hospital.
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 and advice service
If you have enquiries about your treatment regarding blood transfusions please contact your GP or the hospital team that is caring for you. For information about blood transfusions, including the donation of blood, please visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website.
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.
Information for Service Users
This information is aimed at healthcare professionals who are using our pathology services.
The Molecular Pathology department, based within the Cellular Pathology Department at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (GHNHSFT), provides access to a comprehensive selection of specialist molecular pathology and genomic testing on formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) specimens.
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.