South West Pathology Service formerly Somerset Pathology Services is an integrated pathology service covering Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton (MPH) and Yeovil District Hospital, Yeovil (YDH). It delivers pathology for most of Somerset and several treatment centres outside Somerset. The service is now run by IPP a private pathology provider with technical staff employed by IPP and medical staff employed by the NHS. Trainees are based at MPH though attachment to YDH is possible by arrangement. MPH is one of the pilot sites for the National Lean Pathology project. All the standard and modern diagnostic modalities are available in the laboratory including immunohistochemistry and molecular biology.

The work includes most general pathology but there is no specialised Paediatric Pathology or Neuropathology. The department has a single trainee at ST3 level. Trainees are attached to individual Consultants on a weekly rota and given cut up and reporting experience appropriate to their level of competence. Each consultant has a cancer specialised interest and juniors are exposed to resection specimens from most cancer sites and encouraged to attend MDT meetings and review the MDT material (see below for time table). Three Consultants provide an FNA service and juniors are also attached to Gynaecological and non-gynaecological cytology as part of the rota. Three Consultants perform autopsies (mainly for the Somerset Coroner) and juniors perform autopsies under supervision when attached to one of these consultants.

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year – 25,000
  • Cervical cytology specimens per year – 45,000
  • Non-cervical cytology specimens per year – 1,900
  • One stop clinics per week – 1
  • MDMs per month – 46
  • Autopsies per year – 340


  • Dr. S Agrawal (uropathology, gynaecological and GI pathology)
  • Dr. C Amalinei (locum)
  • Dr. J Geraghty (GI pathology, gynae cytology)
  • Dr. S Holwill (skin and Head & Neck pathology, cytology and autopsy)
  • Dr. A Kafanas (locum)
  • Dr. F Mayall (breast and lymphoreticular pathology, cytology and autopsy)
  • Dr. D Paterson (breast pathology, Uropathology and autopsy)
  • Dr. S Slater (respiratory pathology and cytology)

Educational Supervisors 

  • Dr. D Paterson (Specialty Tutor)

Trainees and Posts

  •  ST2 posts – 1 (1b banding, subject to yearly review)


  • Personal work space
  • Personal computer
  • Personal microscope
  • Internet access
  • Text books
  • Library access

 Educational Programme

  • Postgraduate educational sessions weekly
  • Departmental black box weekly
  • Monthly Training School FRCPath study days (Severn and Peninsula)