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 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.

The SouthWest Regional Cytology Training Centre is approved for gynaecological training by the British Association for Cytopathology (BAC) and the Institute of Biomedical Science (IBMS). The centre is equipped with a dedicated multiheaded microscope and seminar room and delivers frequent gynaecological cytopathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology training courses for colposcopists, trainee pathologists, biomedical scientists and consultant histopathologists /cytopathologists

Consultant Biomedical Scientists


  • Helen Burrell (FIBMS, ASD in cervical cytology. Reports cervical cytology. Helen is also the manager of the South West Regional Cytology Training Centre and cervical screening provider lead for North Bristol NHS Trust
  • Nichole Villeneuve (FIBMS, ASD in cervical cytology. Reports cervical cytology)

Work Load

  • Surgical specimens per year – 70,000
  • Cervical cytology specimens per year – 90,000
  • Non-cervical cytology specimens per year – 5,200
  • MDMs per week - 65 


  • Dr. Z Abdul-Rahman (gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. K Amarasinghe (cervical history and cytopathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology)
  • Dr. A Bamber (paediatric pathology)
  • Dr. N Banu (urological pathology and non gynacological cytopathology)
  • Dr. S Beavers (gastrointestinal and endocrine pathology)
  • Dr. N Bhatt - Department Lead (thoracic and skin pathology)
  • Dr. A Chatzitolios (urological and renal pathology)
  • Dr. R Daly (thoracic and gynaecological pathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology)
  • Dr. K Denton (cervical history, cytopathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology)
  • Dr. P Gill (gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. M Khan (breast and renal pathology)
  • Dr. H Lowes (gastrointestinal and liver pathology)
  • Dr. F Maggianni (soft tissue, bone and gynaecological pathology)
  • Dr. S McDonald (skin Pathology)
  • Dr. Z Melegh (gastrointestinal, urological, skin, soft tissue and sarcoma pathology)
  • Dr. B Mozayani (gastrointestinal and liver pathology)
  • Dr T Murigu (breast pathology, non- gynaecology, cytopathology and cervical cytopathology
  • Dr. J Oxley (urological and skin pathology)
  • Dr. J Pawade (gynaecological and lymphoreticular pathology)   
  • Dr. D Poyiatzis (breast and soft tissue pathology)  
  • Dr. M Sohail (breast, urological including testicular pathology and non-gynaecological cytopathology)
  • Dr. J Sutak (urological and renal pathology)
  • Dr. E Toumazou (gynaecological Pathology)
  • Dr. N Wong (gastrointestinal pathology)
  • Dr. Y Zhang (lymphoreticular and skin pathology) 

Educational Supervisors

  • Dr. N Banu
  • Dr. S Beavers
  • Dr. Z Melegh
  • Dr. B Mozayani
  • Dr D Poyiatzis

Trainees and Posts

  • ST1 posts – subject to yearly review
  • ST2-5 posts - 10   
  • 1 ST paediatric and perinatal pathology post
  • 1 ST neuropathology post


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

Educational Programme

  • Weekly black box teaching (interesting diagnoses)
  • Monthly regional teaching study days (Severn and Peninsula)
  • Audit presentations
  • Monthly head and neck pathology teaching (Multiheaded microscopy session)
  • Fortnightly non-gynaecological cytpathology and gastrointestinla teaching (Multiheaded microscopy sessions)
  • Access EQA schemes
  • Large collection of histology and cytopathology slide sets and interesting cases