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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 – m[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.

Detailed information

Coventry & Warwick

Location of laboratory
Coventry & Warwickshire Pathology Services, Coventry
Dr Judith Timms: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Coventry & Warwickshire Pathology Services, Coventry
Name and postal address
of the laboratory
Virology Laboratory
Department of Pathology
4th Floor, West Block
Clifford Bridge Road
DX address
Coventry Microbiology Laboratory DX670200 Coventry CV
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Tel: 024 7696 5468
Fax: 024 7696 5441
Detailed information