Services include:

  • Cellular Pathology
  • Blood Sciences, including Blood tests
  • Microbiology
  • Mortuary and Bereavement Services

The Pathology department also provides the Trust's medical testing service at the Great Western Hospital.

We provide a comprehensive range of diagnostic pathology services and clinical advice backed by the combined resources of the Great Western Hospital and Thames Valley Network, with supra-regional services in Oxford and Bristol.

We provide laboratory and clinical services to the Great Western Hospital, local GPs and Swindon's Ridgeway Hospital, for NHS and private patients.

We provide private, Category 2 work and treatment centre work.

We can also process work for other labs that are not fully staffed, and private pathology services, by request.

All net income from private practice is used to support and develop our diagnostic and other hospital services.   

Blood Sciences, Microbiology and Cellular Pathology (including the Mortuary) are UKAS-accredited medical laboratories and are accredited/licensed by the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).


Great Western Hospital - fourth floor (please see Floor plans).

User handbooks

User survey

To help us to improve our service, please share your feedback through our online Pathology Service User Survey.

For previous survey results please see Pathology User Survey Report - December 2021.


Reception and results

Tel: 01793 604293

Other numbers 

  • Anticoagulation
  • Biochemistry
    Tel: 01793 604291
  • Blood Bank
    Tel: 01793 604220
  • Cellular Pathology (Cytology and Histopathology)
    Tel: 01793 604999, 01793 605000 or 01793 605002
  • Haematology
    Tel: 01793 604501
  • Microbiology
    Tel: 01793 604798
  • Mortuary
    Tel: 01793 604809
  • Pathology Quality and Customer Engagement Manager
    Tel: 01793 605013
  • Phlebotomy reception
    Tel: 01793 605041
  • Virology
    Tel: 01793 604799

Further information

For more information about laboratory tests, please see the Lab Tests Online website.