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.

Laboratory opening hours

The Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal Hospital Pathology Department reception desks are open:

  • Monday – Friday: 8.30am – 5pm
  • Saturday and Sunday: Closed
  • Bank Holidays: Closed

IMPORTANT: Please not the above times are not for blood tests/Phlebotomy.

Getting your test results

All test results must be obtained from and discussed with your GP or the hospital team that is caring for you. The laboratories cannot discuss treatment, give test results or any personal information directly to patients or patient's relatives.

This also applies to any enquiries about your treatment regarding blood transfusions.

For information about blood transfusions, including the donation of blood, please visit the NHS Blood and Transplant website

Contacting our labs

Cheltenham laboratories

Department of Pathology, Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, Glos. GL53 7AN

  • Pathology reception: 0300 422 3021
  • General Office: 0300 422 4056

Gloucester laboratories

Department of Pathology, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital, Great Western Road, Gloucester, Glos. GL1 3NN

  • Pathology reception: 0300 422 5286
  • General Office: 0300 422 5239

Finding our labs

Cheltenham General Hospital

The Pathology building is directly opposite A&E on College Road.

Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

Pathology is in the Edward Jenner building opposite the Hyde Lane pedestrian entrance. Patients dropping off samples may park outside of the building for a few minutes only.

Blood tests

Cheltenham General Hospital: West Block outpatients department

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 4.30pm

Early Closures: Please be aware that this department can become very busy with long waiting times and may close earlier than the stated opening hours. Patients wishing to attend the blood test department after 3:30pm are encouraged to contact the Phlebotomy Office on the number below to discover current waiting time for a blood test.

Tel: 0300 422 3490 An open service to GP patients and outpatients is provided daily.

Children: We accept children for blood tests from age 6 years and above. Children under the age of 6 should have blood taken at the Children's Outpatient Department at Cheltenham General Hospital. Please contact Children's Outpatients on 0300 422 8383 to arrange an appointment.

For further enquiries please telephone Holly Davies, Phlebotomy Lead, or Jamie Inch, Phlebotomy Countywide Lead on 0300 422 3490.


Gloucestershire Royal Hospital: Edward Jenner Unit

Opening hours: Monday – Friday, 8am – 4.45pm

Early Closures: Please be aware that this department can become very busy with long waiting times and may close earlier than the stated opening hours. Patients wishing to attend the blood test department after 3:30pm are encouraged to contact the Phlebotomy Office on the number below to discover current waiting time for a blood test.

Tel: 0300 422 5255 (reception), 0300 422 5293 (phlebotomy or blood test queries)

An open service to GP patients and outpatients is provided daily. The Edward Jenner Unit has Haematology clinics running on a Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning. At this time the unit can be very busy with a possible waiting time of over 1 hour for a blood test.

Children: We accept children for blood tests from age 6 years and above. Children under the age of 6 should have blood taken at the Children's Outpatient Department at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. Please contact Children's Outpatients on 0300 422 8383 to arrange an appointment.

For further enquiries please telephone Lisa Rigby, Phlebotomy Lead, or Jamie Inch, Phlebotomy Countywide Lead on 0300 422 5293


Cirencester Hospital Blood Test Room

An open Phlebotomy service to GP Patients and Outpatients is provided Monday to Friday in Cirencester Hospital Blood Test Room. (Does not include Bank Holidays)

  • Monday – Thursday 08.30 – 15.30 (15:30 – 16:00 accessible for Outpatients only. No GP patients will be seen)
  • Friday 08.30 – 12.00 (12.00 – 12.30 accessible for Outpatients only – no GP patients will be seen)

Please be aware that as this is a non-appointment service the department may close earlier than stated above to GP patients due to high patient numbers. This to ensure that the protected service to Outpatients can be provided. GP patients wishing to attend the department for a blood test near to the stated closing times are encourage to contact the department on 0300 421 6312 to ask what the waiting time may be.

We accept children for blood tests from the age of 6 years and above. Children under the age of 6 can have blood taken at either Cheltenham or Gloucester hospitals.

Please note: all blood test services are closed on Bank Holidays. Closing times may vary according to demand.

Booking a semen analysis appointment

Semen samples for fertility analysis are complex to process and must be examined as soon after production as possible. We therefore operate an appointment system to ensure sufficient time can be allocated to carry out each analysis.

You do not need to make an appointment if your semen sample is being examined to confirm that a vasectomy operation has been successful.

Appointments are available for weekday mornings, Monday to Friday. To make an appointment please call 0300 422 4200 between 09.00 and 12.00 Monday to Friday. This line is closed on Bank Holidays.

Please note: your test must be requested by your GP or a hospital doctor. They will provide you with a semen fertility analysis request form.

A room is available at the Gloucester laboratory if you need to produce the sample on site.

For more information take a look at our patient leaflet, Producing a semen sample for examination

Understanding your tests

Lab tests online provides useful information designed help you understand the many clinical laboratory tests that are used in diagnosis, monitoring and treatment of disease.

Also find more information in our Patient Leaflets section.

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