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Laboratory Medicine


Dr Andrew Day - head of clinical biochemistry
Dr Lisa Lowry  - head of haematology
Dr Rob Pitcher - head of histology
Dr David Carrington - head of virology
Dr Martin Williams - head of bacteriology
Will Gothard - head of operations microbiology services

Blood Science Laboratory Manager

Elizabeth Worsam - haematology and clinical biochemistry

About the service

Laboratory Medicine is a clinically-led discipline where an advisory and analytical service is available at all times.  Duty medical staff in each of the four main disciplines of Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology, Histopathology and Microbiology/Virology (HPA) are pleased to discuss clinical problems and advise on the most appropriate way to investigate a patient at any time.

The Health Protection Agency (HPA) is an Agency which has been set up by the Government to protect the public against hazards which have an effect on the health of the nation.  These include chemicals, radiation and infections.  The HPA South West Regional Laboratory delivers the clinical microbiological service for UHBristol (Bristol), RUH (Bath) and associated GP practices.  The service is comprehensive and includes Bacteriology, Virology, Mycology and Food & Environmental services.

Laboratory Medicine is located on levels 8 and 9 of the Queen's Building Bristol Royal Infirmary. Reception for samples and visitors is on level 8. All visitors should report to reception and should follow the instruction provided by staff.

There is an additional Health Protection Agency Virology Laboratory located at Myrtle Road.

Details of laboratory accreditation can be found here.

Laboratory normal working hours:
Monday to Friday, 9am to 5.30pm

Outside these times a restricted service is available.
Clinical Biochemistry, Haematology and Blood Transfusion
On call biomedical scientists based in the laboratory will process requests from the core repertoire of tests. Staff on call can be contacted by bleep. Except for urgent blood transfusion requests there is no need to bleep staff to warn them that samples are being sent.

General enquiries and results
Tel no: 0117 342 3080

Tel no: 0117 342 5551 

Tel no: 0117 342 5551 

On-line results can be accessed via VPLS within the Avon Clinical Portal.
To register visit from any PC connected to the NHS net.

Urgent requests - out of hours service by on-call BMS who can be contacted via the BRI switchboard, tel no: 0117 923 0000.

Out of hours duty medical staff for Microbiology/Virology, Haematology and Histopathology can be contacted via the BRI switchboard, Tel no: 0117 923 0000.  For Clinical Biochemistry via the on-call BMS. 

Pathology Day Unit

The Unit carries out a wide spectrum of day case procedures including dynamic function testing. Dr Bayly is in overall charge and is happy to discuss referrals to the Unit.  He can be contacted by phone or email. 

Phlebotomy Service

Walk-in service for GPs patients, level 4, location A410 Queen's Building BRI

Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm 
Tel no: 0117 342 0370 

Specialist Clinics

Lipid Clinic

Dr Graham Bayly
Monday: 8.45am to 12.30pm
Tel no: 0117 342 3245


Dr Graham Bayly
Tuesday: 8.45am to 12.30pm
Tel no: 0117 342 3245

 Anticoagulant clinic

Blood samples taken, INR performed and patient dosed. GP is informed of details.

Outpatient clinic for oral anticoagulant counselling.
Postal oral anticoagulant monitoring service.

Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm

Anticoagulant help desk
Tel no: 0117 342 3874