Guidance

South west public health laboratory: services

The public health laboratory for the south west region is based in Bristol.

Public health laboratory Bristol provides diagnostic and clinical microbiology services to the NHS and others as well as specialist and health protection microbiology services to the region. It is one of the biggest and most complex diagnostic laboratories in the country.

The Bristol laboratory houses the National Mycology Reference Laboratory. The south west region is also home to the 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 3 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.

Services available

Laboratory services include:

  • bacteriology and parasitology
  • virology
  • mycology reference laboratory

User handbook

South west public health laboratory: user handbook

Tests

View a list of general clinical tests available from the majority of Public Health England regional microbiology laboratories. Please call the laboratory to confirm test availability.

Accreditation

The laboratory is fully accredited by Clinical Pathology Accreditation (CPA) for its clinical services.

Contact

Public health laboratory Bristol

Myrtle Road
Kingsdown
Bristol
BS2 8EL

Royal Bristol Infirmary

Microbiology Department,
Level 8

Bristol
BS2 8HW

Royal United Hospital

Department of Microbiology,
Coombe Park

Bath
Avon
BS1 6EH