Southmead Hospital

North Bristol NHS Trust

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is the largest Trust in the South West region, and one of the largest Trusts in the country. Last year the Trust treated over 100,000 inpatients, over 300,000 outpatients, over 90,000 emergency department patients and helped deliver nearly 5,000 babies. It employs more than 8,500 staff, has approximately 1300 inpatient beds and a revenue budget in excess of £400 million.

The Trust provides medical, surgical, paediatric and maternity care for its local population of approximately half a million people in the North Bristol and South Gloucestershire area. The Trust also provides sub regional, regional and supra regional services in the fields of neurosciences, orthopaedics, pathology, plastic surgery and burns, renal medicine and transplant and urology. NBT has accreditation for Colorectal (Cancer Centre), Respiratory (Cancer Centre) and Breast (Cancer Centre).

In 2016, the histopathology departments at NBT and University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust merged.  All histopathology services (excluding head and neck pathology) were relocated to a new pathology sciences building at Southmead Hospital.  This is where histopathology training is delivered and where the South west Cytology Training School is located. All autopsy training in ST1 is delivered off site in a purpose built public mortuary at Flax Bourton. The hospital has close links with the University of Bristol and there are good opportunities for research, audit and undergraduate teaching. All the standard and modern diagnostic modalities are available in the laboratory including immunohistochemistry and molecular biology.

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year – 62,000
  • Cervical cytology specimens per year – 78,000
  • Non-cervical cytology specimens per year – 5,200
  • MDMs per week - 60 


  • Dr. N Banu (urological pathology and non-cervical cytopathology)
  • Dr. N Bhatt (respiratory and skin pathology)
  • Dr. M Brett (cervical and non-cervical cytopathology and endocrine pathology)
  • Dr. A Chatzitolios (urological and renal pathology)
  • Dr. R Daly (respiratory, gynaecological and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. K Denton (cervical and non-cervical cytopathology)
  • Dr. E Gradhand (paediatric pathology)
  • Dr. M Khan (breast and renal pathology)
  • Dr. F Maggianni (soft tissue, sarcoma and orthopaedic pathology)
  • Dr. Z Melegh (gastrointestinal, urological, skin, soft tissue and sarcoma pathology)
  • Dr. K Miller (skin and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. B Mozayani (gastrointestinal and liver pathology)
  • Dr. J Oxley (urological and skin pathology)
  • Dr. J Pawade (gynaecological and lymphoreticular pathology)   
  • Dr. D Poyiatzis (breast, soft tissue and sarcoma pathology)  
  • Dr. C Sen (urological, gynaecological and skin pathology)
  • Dr. M Sohail (breast, testicular and teratoma pathology and non-cervical cytopathology)
  • Dr. J Sutak (lymphoreticular and renal pathology)
  • Dr. P Tidbury (cervical and non-cervical cytopathology)
  • Dr. N Wong (gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. Y Zhang (lymphoreticular and skin pathology) 

Educational Supervisors

  • Dr. N Banu
  • Dr. N Bhatt
  • Dr. M Brett
  • Dr. Z Melegh
  • Dr. C Sen
  • Dr Demetris Poyiatzis

Trainees and Posts

  • ST1 posts – subject to yearly review
  • ST2-5 posts – 6 - 10   


  • Personal work space
  • Personal computer
  • Personal microscope
  • Internet access
  • Text books and journals
  • Library access with Athens
  • Seminar room and OH projectors
  • Two multi-headed microscopes
  • TV projector microscope
  • South West Cytology Training School 

Educational Programme

  • Weekly black box
  • Monthly Training School FRCPath study days (Severn and Peninsula)
  • Interesting case presentations
  • Journal club meetings