Cheltenham General Hospital is the centre of the Gloucestershire Cellular Pathology Laboratory which has a satellite laboratory at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital. The  Department currently has 16 Consultant Histopathologists/Cytopathologists.

There is teaching of medical students, bio-medical scientists and more informal teaching of work experience students within the department. There are research opportunities available and the department is actively engaged in audits both with internal audit systems and also participating in all available EQA schemes both regionally and nationally.

Trainees will gain experience in histology, cytology, frozen sections and post mortem examinations. Autopsy training in a new purpose built public mortuary at the Gloucestershire Coroner’s Court Complex, approximately half a mile from Gloucestershire Royal Hospital.

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year – 40,000
  • Non-cervical cytology specimens per year – 5,000
  • MDMs per month – 60


  • Dr. M Beesley (urological, breast, renal and non-gynaecological cytopathology
  • Dr. J Christie Brown (breast, lymphoreticular, thoracic, skin and head & neck pathology)
  • Dr. P Craig (skin, head & neck and thoracic pathology)
  • Dr. M Dada (breast, gastrointestinal and skin pathology)
  • Dr. C De-Cates (breast and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. J Farmer (skin pathology)
  • Dr. Ferryman (gynaecological pathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology)
  • Dr. R Fulmani (uropathology and gynaecological pathology)
  • Dr. S Hopcroft (head & neck and urological)
  • Dr. F Lordanidis (lymphoreticular, skin and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr L Ludeman (urological, renal, gynaecological pathology)
  • Dr. G Shelley-Fraser (thoracic and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Prof. N Shepherd (GI pathology)
  • Dr. P Vergani (breast, liver and gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. E Wessels (gynaecological, breast and non-gynaecological cytopathology)

 Educational Supervisors

  • Dr. M Beesley

 Trainees and Posts

  •  ST2-5 posts – 4


  • Personal work space with computer and internet
  • Personal microscope
  • Access to multi-headed microphones
  • Text books and journals
  • Library access with Athens

 Educational Programme

  • Weekly Ground Round meetings
  • Weekly black box multiheaded sessions
  • Hospital postgraduate educational meetings
  • Monthly regional teaching in Bristol or Exeter (Severn and Peninsula)
  • Access to EQA schemes