Bristol Royal Infirmary

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation

University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust (UHBristol) is a dynamic and thriving group of hospitals in the heart of Bristol, a vibrant and culturally diverse city. 

The group includes the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI), the Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, St. Michaels Hospital for Women, the Bristol Eye Hospital and the University of Bristol Dental Hospital. The BRI is also linked with the Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre which provides cancer services for the region.

Our 7,900 staff offer over 100 different clinical services across nine different sites.  We provide general medical and emergency services to the local population of Central and South Bristol, and a broad range of specialist services across a region that extends from Cornwall to Gloucestershire, into South Wales and beyond.  We are one of the country's largest acute NHS Trusts.

Our staff have developed leading edge services such as cardiac surgery and bone marrow transplantation that have built an international reputation and are in demand by patients from across the country.

With strong links to the University of Bristol and University of West of England we are the major medical research centre in the region. The findings allow us to continually improve our patient care.  Our academic links also make us the largest centre for medical training in the South West, attracting the highest calibre clinical staff from across the UK.  Staffs throughout the Trust are involved in a thriving research portfolio, comprising around 450 varied, pioneering projects resulting in approximately 600 published papers each year. We aim to provide healthcare, research and teaching of the very highest quality.

In 2016, the histopathology departments of North Bristol NHS Trust and UHBristol relocated to a new pathology sciences building at Southmead Hospital.  Head and neck pathology and some paedictric pathology services remain at Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI).  Trainees are encouraged to rotate through the histopathology department at the BRI during stage B to D of their training.

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year (head and neck) – 3,000


  • Dr. M Pring (oral, head & neck pathology and head & neck cytopathology)
  • Dr. E Sheffield (endocrine and head & neck pathology, and head & neck cytopathology)