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National Transfusion Microbiology Reference Laboratory

Location of laboratory
Charcot Road, London, NW9 5BG
Contact
Anne Dale ([email protected]) 020 8957 2733
Name and postal address of the laboratory
National Transfusion Microbiology Reference Laboratory
NHS Blood and Transplant
Charcot Road
London NW9 5BG
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Tel: 020 8957 2733
Fax: 020 8957 2846

Staff
What do we do?

Microbiology reference laboratory for NHSBT. Providing confirmatory investigations on screen reactive donor/donation samples. Also provides specialist screening of deceased tissue donors, and some organ donors

NTMRL website

Opening hours: 07:30 – 16:00

Out of hours' service

No OOH service provided

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Newcastle upon Tyne Hospital Foundation Trust

Location of laboratory
Freeman Hospital, High Heaton, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE7 7DN
Contact
Dr Sheila Waugh: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Microbiology and Virology Services
Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Freeman Hospital
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE7 7DN


DX address
Newcastle Lab DX6361204 Newcastle 95NE
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Enquiries:
Clinical advice: +44 (0) 191 2821104
Fax: +44 (0) 191 223 1224




Fax:
Molecular +44 (0) 191 2826276
Serology +44 (0) 191 2231224
Website
www.newcastlelaboratories.com
Staff
What do we do?

The laboratory is fully UKAS accredited to ISO15189 standards.

We offer a comprehensive  laboratory diagnostic virology service covering the range of serological and molecular diagnostic and confirmatory assays. Further information is available on our website www.newcastlelaboratories.com

We have a team of three consultant clinical virologists (2.8 whole time equivalent) together with trainees. The team provides clinical advice to Doctors and other Health Care Professionals on all aspects of virology, including diagnosis, management and prevention of viral infections, and vaccination.

Where urgent clinical advice is required out-of-hours we run an on-call service jointly with virologists based at Leeds General Infirmary.

 

Out of hours' service

The out-of hours service is provided between 17:00 and 09:00 on weekdays and all day at weekends. BMS staff are in the laboratory until 20:00 Mon-Fri and on Saturday mornings, but outwith these hours must be called in. A member of the medical staff is available for clinical advice by telephone.

Tests offered are as follows:
Transplant screen (potential donor)
Transplant urgent listing
Acute hepatic failure screen
Pre-dialysis screen
Other tests should be discussed with the clinical person on-call.
Specimens from possible viral haemorrhagic fever or avian influenza H5 may be sent away out of hours.

The service can be accessed via the Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust switchboard: 0191 2336161.

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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Location of laboratory
Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle
Contact
Dr Clare Hamson ([email protected])
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Infection Science Department
The Cumberland Infirmary
Newtown Road
Carlisle
Cumbria
CA2 7HY
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Telephone: 01228 814642
Staff
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Northumbria Healthcare

Location of laboratory
North Tyneside General Hospital
Contact
Dr Suryabrata Banerjee
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Rake Lane
North Shields
NE29 8NH
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
01912934314
Staff
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Norwich & Norfolk

Location of laboratory
Norwich Research Park, Colney, Norwich, NR4 7GJ
Contact
Dr Samir Dervisevic: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Specialist Virology Centre, Norwich
Department of Microbiology
Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
NRP Innovation Centre,
Norwich Research Park,
Colney, Norwich,
NR4 7GJ
DX address
Norwich Microbiology DX 6050300 NORWICH 90NR
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Enquiries: +44 01603 288 587
Clinical Advice Tel: 01603 288 587
Specimen Reception: 01603 588 572
Medical Secretary: 01603 288 595
Fax: 01603 458 448
Staff
What do we do?

Virus Identification Section:
The Centre provides routine cell culture for virus isolation. Direct immunofluorescence is used for rapid detection of respiratory viruses and to detect pneumocystis jirovecii (PCP). EIA is used for adenovirus and rotavirus antigen detection in stool samples.
Serology Section:
The virus serology section detects antibodies to a wide range of viruses and viral antigens in serum using manual and automated assays. Automated analysers include Abbott ARCHITECT and bioMérieux VIDAS.
Apart from routine serology for our own Trust/PCT we provide complement fixation tests for Adenovirus, Influenza A and B, Parainfluenza, Chlamydia, Coxiella burnetii phase 1 and 2, Coxiella burnetii IgM and IgG, RSV, Enterovirus, Leptospira and Brucella. We offer this service to other UK
laboratories. In addition to this we also offer reference facility for Mycoplasma.
The virus serology section also carries out testing for bacterial antibodies (ASO, Legionella, Mycoplasma, Treponema, Toxoplasma) and Legionella,antigen.
Aspergillus and Avian (Budgie, Fowl, Pigeon) precipitin testing is also performed by the serology section.
Molecular Section:
Molecular diagnostics use realtime PCR for the detection of viral nucleic acid in clinical samples. Routine nucleic acid testing performed in this section include detection and quantification of HIV-1
RNA, HCV RNA and detection of viruses from respiratory specimens (Influenza virus A, Influenza
virus B, Avian Influenza virus A H5N1 and Human Metapneumovirus). In addition to these we also provide molecular testing for HSV1, HSV2 and Norovirus.
Test for the detection of RSV, Rhinovirus, Parainfluenza viruses 1,2,3 and 4, adenovirus and enterovirus is currently under development. We perform testing for Chlamydia trachomatis (diagnostic and for the National Chlamydia Screening programme) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae using the Genprobe TIGRIS automated system.

Out of hours' service

The routine laboratory investigations are provided from:

0900 – 1700 (Monday to Friday)
0900 – 12.00 on Saturday
Outside of these hours we offer serological testing of transplant patients, acute dialysis patients, VZV contacts and significant needlestick injuries as well as Legionella antigen, direct immunofluorescence for respiratory virus and PCP in clinically important situations

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Nottingham University Hospital

Location of laboratory
Queens Medical Centre
Contact
William Irving, [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Department of Clinical Microbiology
Queens Medical Centre
Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust
Derby Road
Nottingham
NG7 2UH
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Opening times:
The department is open from 9.00am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday, with a reduced service on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays. Outside normal hours there is an on-call service for urgent specimens and for medical microbiology advice.
Staff
What do we do?

Laboratory functions/profile:

 

empath pathology has been established between Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and University Hospitals Leicester NHS Trust with the vision of a fully integrated pathology service for the East Midlands.

The Microbiology Department at Nottingham University Hospitals has full CPA accreditation, is working towards UKAS accreditation and provides a full diagnostic and Clinical Microbiology service to the Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust and Nottinghamshire PCTs. It is a large, busy department with a current annual workload in excess of 900,000 requests per annum and provides a wide range of services in virology, serology, molecular microbiology as well as bacteriology, mycobacteriology and parasitology.

The laboratory operates an active research portfolio with a close working relationship between the Clinical Microbiology department and a number of other departments both within the hospital trust, as well as the medical school, the Centre for Biomedical Sciences and other academic departments at the University of Nottingham along with other academic institutions both locally, nationally and internationally. The department provides laboratory and clinical research project supervision to various levels, including; specialist registrars, postdoctoral research scientists, PhD, MSc and BSc students in addition to trainee Healthcare Scientists through both laboratory support and the newly appointed MSc in Infections Sciences based at the University of Nottingham. As a consequence, the Clinical Microbiology department participates, leads and actively collaborates in high profile research projects which regularly lead to publications in peer reviewed national and international journals

The department is also a Public Health England Collaborating Laboratory. The laboratory is approved for training by the IBMS and School of Healthcare Science and fully supports continuing professional development.

Out of hours' service

 Outside normal hours there is an on-call service for urgent specimens and for medical microbiology advice.

Key Links

http://www.empath.nhs.uk/departments-and-services/clinical-microbiology/

http://www.nuh.nhs.uk/healthcare-professionals/microbiology/

A-Z of tests:  http://www.nuh.nhs.uk/healthcare-professionals/microbiology/a-z-of-tests-and-investigations/

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