The public health laboratory for the South West region is based in Bristol and is one of the biggest and most complex diagnostic laboratories in the country. It provides diagnostic and clinical microbiology services to the NHS and others as well as specialist and health protection microbiology services to the region.
The Bristol laboratory houses the National Mycology Reference Laboratory. The South West region is also home to the RMN Primary Care Unit which produces national guidance on the investigation and management of infections in the primary care health sector and undertakes related research and development.
The laboratory is based on three sites: Myrtle Road in Bristol (which houses Virology, and the Mycology Reference Laboratory; the Bristol Royal Infirmary (Bacteriology and Parasitology); and a small laboratory for urgent testing in the Royal United Hospital, Bath.
Acting Lead Public Health Microbiologist: Dr Robert Spencer
Level 8, Queens Building, Bristol Royal Infirmary
Bristol BS2 8HW
Tel: 0117 342 3242
Mobile: 0777 3331065
PA: Angela Pollard
Tel: 0117 342 2879 Fax: 0117 9299162
Head of Operations: Mr. Will Gothard
Tel: 0117 342 5025
Fax 0117 922 6611
Clinical Services Director: Dr David Carrington (based at Myrtle Road site)
Tel: 0117 342 5017
Acting Lead Public Health Microbiologist: Robert C Spencer
Tel: 07826 894075
Lab administrator: Rosemary Young (based at Myrtle Road site)
Tel: 0117 342 5024
Tel: 0117 342 5551
Royal Bristol Infirmary site
Tel: 0117 342 5551
Royal United Hospital, Bath site
Department of Microbiology
The laboratory is fully accredited by CPA for its clinical services. The laboratory provides the following services:
View a list of general clinical tests available from the majority of HPA regional microbiology laboratories. Please call the laboratory to confirm test availability.