What we do

Pathology is the study and diagnosis of disease through the examination of organs, tissues, bodily fluids and whole bodies. Pathology comprises different specialties including Haematology & Transfusion, Chemical Pathology, Microbiology & Virology, Histology & Cytology, Immunology investigates auto-immune diseases, Phlebotomy (blood taking), Point of Care (tests at the patient bedside) and Infection Prevention and Control. In addition Pathology provides a Bereavement and Mortuary service.

In addition to testing patients’ samples we provide a clinic service for patients with blood disorders, anticoagulation monitoring, lipid abnormalities and control as well as diabetic glucose tolerance tests.

Pathology complies with the Health Boards ‘Data protection policy’ OP11

Who is it for?

Involved in 70% of all diagnoses made in the NHS, Pathology is the medical speciality at the heart of modern healthcare.

Pathology is vital for the diagnosis of cancer, infections and organ damage, key to screening for congenital diseases, and essential for monitoring the progress of disease and its response to treatment, including chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and liver disease.

From prenatal testing and childhood vaccinations to cancer screening, diagnosis and monitoring, pathology is vital at every stage of life. Anyone who has a blood test, culture for bacteria, cervical smear or tissue biopsy has a pathologist involved in their care.

Can anyone use this service?

Patients are referred to Pathology services via their GP, Hospital Consultant or other NHS healthcare professional e.g. Dentist

Opening Times

Testing is 24/7

Routine times for sample drop off is 8:30am to 5:00pm


What to expect

Patients attending clinic for testing or treatment will receive a letter with an allocated appointment time and the name of the consultant responsible for your care.

Contact us

Pathology Directorate
Royal Glamorgan hospital
Llantrisant CF72 8XR
01443 443343
Pathology Directorate
Prince Charles Hospital
Merthyr Tydfil CF47 9DT
01685 721721 – ext 8623