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Location of laboratory
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Becky Wilson ([email protected]) & Noha El Sakka ([email protected])
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Virology Laboratory
Department of Medical Microbiology
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
AB25 2ZN
DX address
6010101 91AB
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Enquiries: 01224 552452 or 550552
Fax: 01224 550632
What do we do?

Direct immunofluorescence for respiratory viruses, HSV and VZV. EIA for rotavirus and adenovirus in faeces.

Real time PCR for HSV, VZV, CMV (quantitative), EBV (quantitative), adenovirus, enterovirus, norovirus and erythrovirus. The repertoire is in development.

A wide range of serology using automated, semi-automated and manual platforms.

Out of hours' service

Virology BMS are in the laboratory 0830 – 1700 Monday to Friday and 0830 to 1600 on Saturday.

Outwith these hours, the tests required for a potential organ donor transplant screen are available 24/7 by Microbiology BMS who are on site 24/7 and available via 01224 552451 or via the hospital switchboard 0845 4566000.

Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Ashford, East Kent Virology Department
(01233) 616760
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Ashford, East Kent Virology Department
East Kent Microbiology Service
The William Harvey Hospital
Kennington Road
TN24 0LZ
DX address
East Kent Microbiology Service 6403003 Ashford (Kent) 91TN
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Enquiries: Main Office Direct Line (01233) 616760 or WHH Switchboard (01233) 633331 x 723-6760
Fax Number: (01233) 643432
  • Dr M Strutt, Consultant Microbiologist / Head of Service
  • Dr G Calver, Consultant Microbiologist
  • Dr J Nash, Consultant Microbiologist
  • Dr S Reddy, Consultant Microbiologist
  • Mrs Marie Wenham, Chief Biomedical Scientist
  • Mr Marcus Coales, Head Biomedical Scientist [email protected]
  • Mr John Skilton, Senior Biomedical Scientist
What do we do?

This section detects viruses by molecular methods.

Respiratory virus screen (includes Influenza A (+ H1, H3 and 2009 H1N1 typing), influenza B, Adenovirus, RSV, Parainfluenza 1,2,3 & 4, Rhinovirus, Coronavirus, Bocavirus, and enterovirus)

Meningitis screen: HSV-1, HSV-2, CMV, VZV, EBV, HHV6

Viral Loads: HIV-1, HCV, CMV


This section detects antibodies to viruses and bacteria, and viral antigens in serum/plasma using both manual and automated methods. Automated methods include: Abbott Architect (rubella, CMV, Toxoplasma, hepatitis A, B, C, Syphilis (all IgG and IgM), CMV Avidity HTLV-1/2, hepatitis C antibody, hepatitis B surface antigen and all markers and HIV (Ag/Ab).
bioMérieux mini Vidas (Lymes, Measles IgG, Mumps IgG, EBV IgG/M, VZV IgG, HBsAg and HIV duo)
Manual Methods include: Plate ELISA (VZV IgG, parvovirus IgG/M, HCV Ag/Ab, Mycoplasma), EIA card tests (HIV typing 1 or 2, cryptococcal antigen)

Immunofluorescence tests (Pneumocystis (carinii) jirovecii)
Any tests not covered within the laboratory repertoire are sent to the relevant reference laboratories.

Out of hours' service

Virology BMSs are available in the laboratory:

08:30-18:00 Tuesday – Thursday

08:30 – 17:00 Monday & Friday

08:30 – 12:15 Saturday

Outside of these hours virology advice can be obtained from the on-call Consultant Microbiologist available thorough the hospital switchboard.

Detailed information

Barts & The London

Location of laboratory
Barts and The London NHS Trust
Jonathan Hubb: [email protected]>
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Diagnostic Virology
Barts Health NHS Trust
3rd Floor
Pathology and Pharmacy Building
80 Newark Street
London E1 2ES
DX address
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Opening times: Mon-Fri 8am-6pm
Sat (limited service) 9am-5pm
On Call Biomedical Scientist (B): Mon-Fri 6pm to 8am,
Sat/Sun 5pm to 9am

Results Enquiry Line (A)
T: 0203 246 0364 (14 60364)
E: [email protected] (Barts Health only)

What do we do?

Diagnostic Virology at Barts Health NHS Trust provides a fully accredited service (CPA/ISO) for the timely diagnosis of viral infections and their clinical management. We are the HPA Lead Laboratory for London, providing Public Health testing and services for the capital.

Virology processes approximately 890,000 tests on 350,000 specimens annually and provides an extensive diagnostics service for the whole of the North East London Sector and beyond. Virology provides a full comprehensive range of diagnostic molecular, detection and serological assays in our state of the art Pathology building. Diagnostic results are augmented by clinical advice which is readily accessible both in and out of working hours.

We aim to be responsive to the needs of our users and in partnership with them have recently implemented a programme of development to introduce new methodology and systems. With these we aim to improve the timely diagnosis of newly emerging and established infectious diseases. This is particularly significant in the areas of molecular diagnostics and automated serology.

The Laboratory is approved by the Health Professions Council, the Institute of Biomedical Science, and the Royal College of Pathologists to conduct staff training in accordance with statutory registration of Professional and Regulatory bodies.

The laboratory is also the Lead Public Health Laboratory for London and provides support for national and local outbreaks as well as Public Health advice.




Out of hours' service

On call service outside routine hours

On Call Biomedical Scientist (B)

Mon-Fri 6pm to 8am, Sat/Sun 5pm to 9am

Air Call Pager 07659 810479 (via RLH switchboard 0207 377 7000)

For all clinical queries contact Virology/Microbiology Registrar in first instance

Daytime Duty Virology Consultant

Mon-Fri 09:00 to 17:00 out of hrs contact Virology/Microbiology Registrar

M: 07715 038336

Virology Specialist Registrar in Hours (C)

Virology Registrar (09:00 to 17:00)

M: 07715 038 333

Virology Specialist Registrar Out of Hours (D)

Virology/Microbiology Registrar (Out of Hours)

T: 020 3416 5000 (aircall)


Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Belfast Regional Virus Laboratory +44 (0)28 9063 2662
[email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Belfast Regional Virus Laboratory
Kelvin Building
Royal Hospitals Site, Belfast HSC Trust
Grosvenor Road
BT12 6BA
DX address
3864NR Belfast 14
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Tel direct dial: +44 (0)28 9063 2662
Tel via hospital switchboard: +44 (0)28 9024 0503 Ext 2662
Fax: +44 (0)28 9063 4803

Opening times: 0900 – 1730 Monday to Friday
Duty Virologist mobile 07889086946
Duty Virologist email [email protected]
Out of hours ask for virology on call through Belfast Trust switchboard 02890240503
What do we do?

The laboratory provides regional molecular and serology services for Northern Ireland.


Web site:

User information:

Out of hours' service

RVL website:

Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital +44 (0)121 424 2000
Osman Husam (HEART OF ENGLAND NHS FOUNDATION TRUST) ([email protected])
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Birmingham Heartlands Hospital
Bordesley Green East
B9 5SS
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Opening times:
• 07.00 to 20.00 hours Monday to Friday
• 08.00- 16.00 hours on Saturday, Sunday and bank holidays

Results and Clinical Advice): 0121 4243111 during normal working hours and through Heartlands Hospital switchboard 0121 4242000 during out of hours

Admin and Staff: 0121 4242240
What do we do?

UKAS accredited laboratory that provides:

  • Expert medical and scientific virological advice, including access to PHE experts locally and nationally as necessary
  • A wide range of diagnostic, specialist and reference tests
  • Essential diagnostic PCRs performed daily including weekends and public holidays
  • Electronic results available via elabs and/or iGateway
  • National standard methods and PHE testing algorithms
  • The laboratory provides support for the investigation, management and control of infection and outbreaks of communicable diseases both during and out of normal working hours including measles
  • One of the largest centres within the UK for antiviral susceptibility testing
  • One of only two centres within the UK for the investigation and monitoring of HBV infected healthcare workers
  • One of only two centres within England for the investigation of MERS cases


Out of hours' service

Key Links

Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Brighton Microbiology/Virology and Infection Laboratory, Royal Sussex County Hospital
Dr Mohammed Osman Hassan: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Department of Microbiology/Virology and Infection
Royal Sussex County Hospital, Eastern Road
Brighton BN2 5BE
DX address
Brighton Microbiology Laboratory DX 6370100 BRIGHTON 90 BN
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Clinical advice: 01273 696955 ext 3584 or Pager 07623809015
Technical advice: 01273 696955 ext 4627
Administrative office: 01273 664619
Fax: 01273 690175
What do we do?

Blood borne viruses (quantitative):
HIV viral load
HBV viral load
HCV viral load
Respiratory multiplex panel:
Influenza (A & B) RNA
Parainfluenza (1‐4) RNA
Human metapneumovirus RNA
Adenovirus DNA
Rhinovirus RNA
Enterovirus RNA
Parechovirus RNA
Human bocavirus DNA
Coronaviruses (NL63/OC43/229E/HKU) RNA
Mycoplasma pneumoniae nucleic acid
CSF multiplex panel:
Herpes Simplex Virus types 1 & 2
Varicella zoster virus
Enterovirus RNA
Mumps RNA
Gastroenteritis multiplex panel:
Norovirus (G1 & G2) RNA
Rotavirus RNA
Adenovirus RNA
Astrovirus RNA


Fever & rash multiplex panel:
Measles RNA
Enterovirus RNA
Parvovirus B19 DNA
Human herpes virus type 6 DNA
Human herpes virus type 7 DNA


Transplant multiplex panel (quantitative):
Adenovirus DNA
Ophthalmology multiplex panel:
Herpes Simplex Virus types (1 & 2) DNA
Varicella zoster virus DNA
Adenovirus DNA
Chlamydia trachomatis nucleic acid
Chlamydia & GC NAAT:
Chlamydia nucleic acid
Gonorrhoea nucleic acid


Other individual molecular tests:
Mumps RT‐PCR
CMV PCR (quantitative)
EBV PCR (quantitative)
Influenza RT‐PCR
Adenovirus PCR
Parvovirus B19 PCR
Chlamydia PCR

Serology (including antigen & POCT tests):
HIV serology:
HIV Ag/Ab Combo
HIV immunocomb
HAV (IgM & IgG) serology
HBV serology:
HBsAg & neutralisation
Anti‐HBc total & Anti‐HBc IgM
HBeAg & Anti‐HBe
HCV serology:
Hep C antibody
Hep C Ag/Ab
HEV (IgM & IgG) serology [under review]
HTLV serology
Syphilis serology:
HSV‐1 & HSV‐2 (IgG type specific) serology
VZV (IgM & IgG) serology
CMV (IgM, IgG, avidity) serology
EBV serology:
Rubella (IgM & IgG) serology
Measles (IgM & IgG) serology
Mumps (IgM & IgG) serology
Parvovirus B19 (IgM & IgG) serology
ASO titre
Toxoplasma (IgM & IgG) serology
Lyme total antibody serology
H. pylori antibody serology Legionella & pneumococcal urine antigen testing
Cryptococcal antigen testing

Out of hours' service


Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Public Health Laboratory Bristol
[email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Public Health England
South West Regional Laboratory
National Infection Service
Pathology Sciences Building
Southmead Hospital
Southmead Road
Bristol BS10 5NB
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
General: +44(0)117 4146222 option 4 then option 1

Opening times: 09:00-17:30

Dr Matthew Donati, Consultant Medical Virologist / Head of Virology
PA: Helen Thresher +44(0)117 4146266

Dr Peter Muir, Consultant Clinical Scientist
Tel: 01173425042

Dr Javeed Ahmed, Consultant Virologist
Tel: 01173425017

Dr Charles Irish, Consultant Virologist
Tel: 01173245042

Dr Barry Vipond, Clinical Scientist & Head of Molecular Diagnostics
Tel: 01173425018

Mr Will Gothard, Head of Operations
Tel: 01173425025

Miss Jane Usher, Deputy Laboratory Manager (Virology)
Tel: 01173425023

Mrs Lis North, Quality Manager
Tel: 01173425023
What do we do?

Public Health and Clinical Virology, molecular diagnostics, infectious disease serology


Out of hours' service

24/7 service via Bristol Royal Infirmary switchboard (01179230000)


Detailed information

Cambridge University Hospital

Location of laboratory
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Dr Hongyi Zhang
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Public Health England,
Clinical Microbiology and Public Health Laboratory,
Box 236,
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,
Cambridge Biomedical Campus,
Hills Road, Cambridge, CB2 0QW
DX address
DX number: 6050100, Exchange: Cambridge 90 CB.
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Tel: 01223 216814
Fax: 01223 242775
What do we do?

We offer comprehensive diagnostic serology and molecular services for viral and microbial pathogens complete with clinical interpretation and advice.

Serology Tests

Hepatitis A virus total and IgM antibodies

Hepatitis B virus screening, confirmation and markers

Hepatitis C virus screening and confirmation

Hepatitis D virus antibodies

Hepatitis E virus IgG and IgM

HIV screening and confirmation

CMV IgG and IgM

Erythrovirus IgG and IgM

EBV IgG and IgM

Measles virus IgG and IgM

Mumps virus IgG and IgM

Rubella virus IgG and IgM

HTLV I/II antibodies

VZV IgG and IgM


Toxoplasma gondii IgG

Helicobacter pylori faecal antigen

Helicobacter pylori IgG

Treponema pallidum IgG

Borrelia burgdorferi IgG

Streptococcal serology

Rotavirus/adenovirus faecal antigen


Molecular Tests

Respiratory virus multiplex PCR for influenza A, influenza B, RSV, rhinovirus, metapneumovirus, adenovirus and parainfluenza virus types 1-4.

Influenza A virus subtyping (H1, H3, H5, H7) and oseltamivir susceptibility testing of H1N1.

Quantitative PCR assays for CMV, HIV, HBV, HCV, BKV, EBV and adenovirus.

Qualitative PCR assays for EBV, adenovirus, norovirus, enteroviruses, parechovirus, JCV, HEV, HSV-1, HSV-2, VZV, measles, Bordetella pertussis and Pneumocystis jirovecii.

Genotyping of HCV and HIV

Genotypic resistance testing of HIV

NAAT for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae

Ribotyping of Clostridium difficile



Out of hours’ service

Urgent testing for blood-borne viruses following needle-stick injury.

Urgent testing for blood-borne viruses in organ donors.




Out of hours' service

Key Links:


PHE Website


Addenbrookes Website

Detailed information


Location of laboratory
Public Health Wales Virology Network, Wales’ Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC)
Dr Rachel Jones: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Wales Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC)
Microbiology Cardiff
University Hospital of Wales
Heath park
CF14 4XN
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Monday – Friday 8.45 – 5.30pm
Saturday 9am -5pm
Out of hours on call advice 24/7 via UHW switchboard
What do we do?

Virology diagnostic services in Wales are provided as a Public Health Wales Virology Network.  The network’s main reference laboratory is the Wales Specialist Virology Centre (WSVC) based in University Hospital Wales – Cardiff along with the Specialist Virology Unit (WSVU)  based in Singleton Hospital – Swansea.


The Virology Diagnostic Network works in collaboration with the Molecular Diagnostic Unit (based in University Hospital Wales – Cardiff) to respond to emerging health needs (such as measles and MERS coronavirus) and to deliver virological surveillance and screening programmes across Wales. Both laboratories hold CPA accreditation as part of the Public Health Wales accredited laboratory network and participate in national IQC and EQA schemes with regular clinical governance meetings.


Under the guidance of WSVC the Public Health Wales Virology Network is committed to the reliable delivery and continuing development of a high quality, standardised All-Wales seromolecular service for the diagnosis and management of virological infection. It also supports the many other functions of Public Health Wales in the provision of an evidence-based, reactive service for infectious diseases in Wales.


WSVC has 30 staff members performing approximately 400,000 tests on 180,000 samples per annum, employing more than 100 different laboratory tests.  The WSVC offers virology clinical advice and urgent testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving both local and national needs.


WSVU – Swansea has 13 staff members performing approximately 285,000 tests on 150,000 samples per annum, employing more than 140 different laboratory tests.  The WSVU offers virology clinical advice and urgent testing 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, serving local needs.



Detailed information

Colindale, Virus reference department (VRD)

Location of laboratory
Public Health England, 61 Colindale Avenue, London, NW9 5EQ
Tel: 020 8327 6017 - Email: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
National Infection Service
Public Health England
Virus Reference Department
61 Colindale Avenue
DX address
PHE Colindale VRD, DX 6530006
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
VRD General Office Tel: 020 8327 6017 (staffed 8am – 5.30pm Mon-Fri)
Fax: 020 8200 1569
Email: [email protected]

PHE MS Colindale switchboard: 020 8200 4400
  • Professor Maria Zambon, Consultant Medical Virologist and Director of Reference Microbiology [email protected]
  • Dr Kevin Brown, Consultant Medical Virologist and VRD Deputy Director [email protected]
  • Mr Steve Harbour, Reference Microbiology Operations Manager [email protected]
What do we do?

Virus reference department (VRD) (website, user manual, request forms)

Antiviral Unit (AVU)
Dr Tamyo Mbisa – Unit Head (acting) – [email protected] – 020 8327 6099
Nigel Wallis – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 7017

Blood-borne Virus Unit (BBVU)
Prof. Richard Tedder – Unit Head – [email protected] – 020 8327 6553
Dr Siew-Lin Ngui – Clinical Scientist – [email protected] – 020 8327 6555
Dr Samreen Ijaz – Clinical Scientist – [email protected] – 020 8327 6554
Nigel Wallis – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 7017

Enteric Virus Unit (EVU)
Dr David Allen – Unit Head – [email protected] – 020 8327 6018
Julian Hand – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 7872

Dr Simon Beddows – HPV R&D Head – [email protected] – 020 8327 6169

Immunisation and Diagnosis Unit (IDU)
Dr Kevin Brown – Unit Head – [email protected] – 020 8327 6023
Dr Li Jin – Clinical Scientist – [email protected] – 020 8327 6020
Heather Lawson – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 6202

Respiratory Virus Unit (RVU)
Dr Joanna Ellis – Scientific Lead – [email protected] – 020 8327 6239
Carol Sadler – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 6239

Serological Development Unit (SDU)
Dr Dhan Samuel – Unit Head – [email protected] – 020 8327 6254
Lenesha Warrener – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 6098

Seromolecular Services Unit (SSU)
Steve Harbour – Head of Unit – [email protected] – 020 8327 6432
Dr Gary Murphy – Scientific Lead – [email protected] – 020 8327 6935
Shabnam Jamarani – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 6939
Jenny Tosswill – Clinical Scientist – [email protected] – 020 8327 6274
Dr Simon Carne – Clinical Scientist – [email protected] – 020 8327 6546

High Containment Microbiology (HCM)
Dr Robin Gopal – Clinical & Scientific lead – [email protected] – 020 8327 6437
Matthew Jones – Technical Manager – [email protected] – 020 8327 6222

Advice on management of rabies exposure
Rabies clerk 020 8327 6204

Out of hours' service

A 24 hour on-call service for the urgent diagnosis of viral haemorrhagic fevers and smallpox is available. Contact the Microbiology Services Colindale Duty Doctor on telephone 020 8200 4400.

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