The Royal United Hospital (RUH) Bath NHS Trust is the teaching hospital serving the population of North East Somerset and West Wiltshire and located just over a mile from the centre of Bath. Histopathology training is delivered in the Department of Cellular Pathology. The Trust provides 565 beds and a comprehensive range of acute services including medicine and surgery, services for women and children, accident and emergency services, and diagnostic and clinical support services. The hospital is also an NHS Bowel Screening Centre.

The Trust employs around 4,800 staff, some of who also provide outpatient, diagnostic and some day case surgery services at local community hospitals in Bath & North East Somerset, Somerset and Wiltshire. This fulfils part of the Trust's aim to provide high quality care to people in their local communities.

The hospital provides healthcare to the population served by three primary care trusts (PCTs): Bath & North East Somerset, Wiltshire and Somerset (formerly Mendip PCT).

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year – 22,000
  • Cervical cytology specimens per year – 34,000
  • Non-cervical cytology specimens per year – 3,750
  • One stop clinics per week – 2 (breast)
  • MDMs per month – 30
  • Autopsies per year – 500


  • Dr. L Biddlestone (dermatopathology and gastrointesintal pathology)
  • Dr. S Johnson (gynaecological pathology)
  • Dr. P Kitching (lymphoreticular pathology)
  • Dr. C Meehan (breast pathology and Head of Department)   
  • Dr. J  Mitchard (urological pathology)
  • Dr. P Mukonoweshuro (gynaecological pathology)
  • Dr. S Rose (head and neck, oral, respiratory and endocrine pathology)  

Educational Supervisors

  •  Dr. J Mitchard (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

  •  Monthly Training School FRCPath study days (Severn and Peninsula)