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 at Southmead Hospital in Bristol.

Services available

Laboratory services include:

  • bacteriology and parasitology
  • virology
  • mycology reference laboratory

User handbook

South west public health laboratory: user handbook


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.


For details of laboratory accredited services, please see the UKAS website (Laboratory ID: 8043)


Public health laboratory Bristol

Severn Pathology
Southmead Hospital
Southmead Road
BS10 5NB

Telephone 0117 414 6222

Published 31 July 2014
Last updated 14 July 2017 + show all updates
  1. Updated address for Public health laboratory Bristol.

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