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Location of laboratory
South Yorkshire: Sheffield Virology Services Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust
Dr Mohammad Raza: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Sheffield Virology Services (SVS)
Microbiology Laboratory
Northern General Hospital
Herries Road, Sheffield
S5 7AU

We are based at the Northern General Hospital (nearer to Meadowhall, Junction 34 M1). You can find details of hospital location here: ( Within the hospital the lab may be difficult to locate. The lab is signposted “PHLS Laboratory” and is found opposite the GT News, on the first floor, above the haematology department. This block is right next to the biochemistry department. All visitors must report to the reception first.
DX address
Sheffield PHL DX 6260100 Sheffield 90 S
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Results enquiries: 0114 2714777
Medical Secretary: 0114 2714524
Clinical Advice: 0114 2434343 Bleep 537 Or through medical sec
Internal: Bleep 537 NGH / Ext 15870
CVN contact: Dr M Raza 0114 2714526
Fax: 0114 2421385
What do we do?

Laboratory Sections:
Serology, Automated serology, Molecular, Chlamydias and Virus Isolation

Geographical Areas covered:

The laboratory offers comprehensive diagnostic services across the trust which includes Northern General Hospital, Royal Hallamshire Hospital and Western Park Hospital. We also provide complete
virology services to the Sheffield Childrens’ Hospital. In addition, the lab acts as a reference centre for the local district general hospitals in Barnsley, Chesterfield, Rotherham and Doncaster. Medical virology cover is provided for Doncaster and Bassettlaw Hospitals. We are the regional stockholders
for VZIG & HBIG.

Assays performed Inhouse:
Serology: HIV 1&2 antibodies (Cenatur, Adaltis, Duo VIDAS Ultra), HAV IgM/Total Ab (Centaur), Complete HBV serology (HBsAg (Centaur & Diasorin), HBcTotal Ab, HBcIgM Ab, HBeAg, HBeAb, HBsAb), HCV Ab (Cenatur, BioRad, RIBA), VZV IgM, IgG (VIDAS & EIA), MMR IgMs & IgGs, CMV Total Ab, IgM, IgG, Avidity, EBV IgM, VCA IgG, EBNA IgG, HSV 1&2 IgG,HTLV 1&2 Ab, CFTs, Parvo IgM, IgG, Legionella Ab, Syphilis (TPPA, VDRL, IgM), Toxoplasma Latex, Toxoplasma IgM, IgG,
Mycoplasma GPAT, ASO titres, AntiDNAse Ab, Helicobacter IgG.
Molecular: CMV PCR (Roche Lightcycler), HSV PCR (Artus, ABI), VZV PCR (Artus, ABI), EBV PCR (Artus, ABI), Enterovirus PCR (Artus, Lightcycler), HBV PCR, HCV PCR (Roche Amplicor), HIV PCR (Roche Amplicor), Respiratory PCRs (Flu A/B, RSV A/B, Rhinovirus, HMPV A/B, PF 1-4, Coronavirus, Adenovirus), HCV genotyping, VIPER/SDA /RealTime PCR for Chlamydia, VIPER/SDA for Gonococcus.



Norovirus EIA, Rotavirus EIA (card test), Adenovirus EIA

Out of hours' service

An out of hours service is provided for needlestick injuries/body fluid exposures (source patient testing). This includes HIV antibodies, HBsAg and HCV antibodies. To arrange this testing please contact the On-call Microbiology BMS through Northern General Hospital Switchboard (0114 2434343) and ensure at least 5ml of blood is urgently sent to the NGH Haematology reception. Transplant donor and Antenatal
testings are offered by the National Blood Services.

Detailed information


Location of laboratory
University Hospital Southampton
Dr Emanuela Pelosi: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Department of Infection
Laboratory & Pathology Block
Level B
University Hospital Southampton
Tremona Road
SO16 6YD
DX address
Southampton HPA Southeast DX 6880300; Southampton 90 SO
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Tel: 023 8079 6408
Fax: 023 8070 2530
What do we do?

Molecular diagnosis:
In Southampton the molecular diagnostics laboratory uses real time PCR (ABI 7500, Abbott M2000) for the detection of viral and bacterial nucleic acids in clinical samples.

Tests are routinely performed for the detection of the following pathogens:

  • HSV-1
  • HSV-2
  • VZV
  • CMV
  • EBV
  • Adenoviruses
  • Enteroviruses
  • Parechovirus
  • Chlamydia trachomatis
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae
  • Meningococci
  • Respiratory viruses (see below)
  • Noroviruses

Quantitative assays are available for:

  • HCV RNA (Abbott M2000)
  • HBV DNA (Abbott M2000)
  • HIV RNA (Abbott M2000)
  • CMV DNA and EBV DNA (in-house assay)
  • HCV genotyping (Abbott M2000)

Respiratory PCR targets includes:

  • Influenza A virus
  • Influenza A subtyping (H1, H3, H5)
  • Oseltamivir resistance testing for H1N1pdm09
  • Influenza B virus
  • RSV subgroup A and B
  • Parainfluenza 1, 2 and 3
  • Human metapneumovirus
  • Adenovirus
  • Pneumocystis jirovecii PCR
Out of hours' service

7 day service offered

Detailed information

St George’s

Location of laboratory
London St George's campus
Peter Riley: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Medical Microbiology
1st floor Jenner Wing
St Georges Hospital
Blackshaw Road
London SW17 0QT
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
tel: 020 87255686
fax: 020 87255694
Detailed information

Sunderland & Gateshead

Location of laboratory
Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear
Janet Gray: [email protected]
Name and postal address of the laboratory
Department of Microbiology & Virology
The Pathology Centre
Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Sherriff Hill
Tyne and Wear
Telephone number for enquiries & fax number
Opening times: The laboratory is open 24 hours a day

Dr G Bignardi, Clinical Head of Department and Consultant Microbiologist: 0191 5410193

Dr R Ellis, Consultant Microbiologist: 0191 4041054

Dr G Horne, Consultant Microbiologist: 0191 4453695

Mr Keith Phipps, Departmental Manager: 0191 4456530

Mrs Susanne Stonehouse, Chief BMS: 0191 4455601

Mrs Janet Gray, Chief BMS: 0191 4456645
What do we do?

Diagnostic Microbiology, virology and serology for the South of Tyne area


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