The Department of Microbiology is headed by three Consultant Medical Microbiologists and together with the Biomedical and support staff, provides a comprehensive and high quality analytical, advisory and supportive function 24 hours per day every day of the year.
Clinical advice is available 24hrs a day with regard to investigation of infection, interpretation of results and selection of appropriate antibiotic therapy from the duty consultant medical microbiologist.
- Microscopy, culture, identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing of bacterial pathogens isolated from any relevant clinical sample.
- Automated blood culture system to detect bacteraemia./ fungaemia
- Isolation and identification of yeasts and fungal pathogens from various clinical samples.
- Nucleic acid amplification tests (NAAT) for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae and HSV.
- Microscopic examination for parasitic infection.
- Referral of specimens to appropriate centres for viral serology and other investigations.
- In- house virology consists of RSV, Flu A & B from respiratory samples and Rotavirus, Norovirus and Adenovirus from stool samples.
- Culture and microscopy for Mycobacteria from a range of clinical samples.
- Testing for Legionella antigen and pneumococcal antigen in urine samples.
- Examination of semen samples for fertility investigations and post vasectomy.
- C. difficile, CRE and VRE testing on stool samples.
- Antenatal serology – HIV, Hep B and Syphilis
- MRSA patient screening.
The department has close working links with the Infection Control Team.
All tests and investigations are performed to regularly reviewed standard operating procedures which are constantly being assessed through internal and external quality assurance programmes.
All staff undergo competency assessments, developmental and update training as necessary. The department constantly reviews new tests and techniques with a view to their implementation within the department’s current repertoire.