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Aberdeen

Location of laboratory
Aberdeen Royal Infirmary
Contact
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
Foresterhill
Aberdeen
AB25 2ZN
DX address
6010101 91AB
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Enquiries: 01224 552452 or 550552
Fax: 01224 550632
Staff
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.

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Ashford

Location of laboratory
Ashford, East Kent Virology Department
Contact
(01233) 616760
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Ashford, East Kent Virology Department
East Kent Microbiology Service
The William Harvey Hospital
Kennington Road
Willesborough
Ashford
Kent
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
Staff
  • 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?

Virology
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

Serology

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.

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